If Paul Revere lived today …

He would have been thrown in jail for those lights in the Old North Church–and would never have made it out of Charles Town. Boston’s reaction to a recent publicity stunt is scary. Sounds like the judge and the courtroom observers have some common sense, however.

2 thoughts on “If Paul Revere lived today …

  1. Well he was arrested in route and never did make it to the Old North Church. Revere, Dawes, and Prescott were detained by British troops in Lincoln at a roadblock on the way to nearby Concord and Revere had his horse confiscated. Prescott was the only one to make it all the way.

    Though I guess that is what happens when we get our history from poets.

  2. Um, Jeff, you’re a little off on geography and history. None of them were going to the Old North Church, as that was in Boston, the starting point of the riders and of the redcoats. Revere was in Charles Town, across the Charles River from Boston. He had the sexton of the Old North Church place lantern signals in the tower to indicate whether the British would go to Lexington and Concord by land (down the Shawmut peninsula) or sea (across the Charles River). Revere made it to Lexington, and was intercepted in Lincoln; Prescott made it to Concord. But by that time the word had already gotten out about the skirmish in Lexington, and the Brits got a bruising in Concord and were shot at from the trees all the way back to Boston. Perhaps some of the surviving Brits made their way to the Old North Church to pray following their defeat. And Revere lived near it. But no one had the church as their objective that night.

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