It is amazing how much history that was not taught to us in school. I MUST MENTION THE SCHOOL DISTRICT I WENT TO RANKS VERY HIGH, NOT ONLY NATIONALLY, BUT EVEN LOCALLY….which is SCARY!!!
I’m not even talking about ancient history…. Just the last 200-300 years or more specifically on this post – “The Revolutionary War”
There is so much more I have learned since school that has not only expanded to my general history knowledge but has also corrected some of what was taught. Even today I learned something new.
****OF COURSE I UNDERSTAND THAT WE CAN NOT BE 100% ON ALL DETAILS –
ANYWAY, THIS IS GOING TO TALK ABOUT THE PAUL REVERE STORY that we all learned about or heard about (I think)…I’ll admit that I only remember the name and something to do with him riding around to let the colonists know the “English are coming” and something to do with the lantern indicating 1 if by land 2 if by sea or (whatever) —- Again, I don’t remember the details of this “story” that was taught in elementary school……
Well, it seems that most of the story contains more false information than true information. Yes, He was given a message to inform Lexington and Concord of the British , only he was not shouting or informing people during this historic ride (There were still loyalists as well as British sentinels) so he couldn’t go shouting it out and risk being stopped. Plus there was also another person that was given the same message, and cause, only a different route to insure that the message was delivered.. I never learned this in school or even heard of his name (William Dawes) was the other midnight ride carrier of this message. ———Oh there is even more interesting information on this ONE night in history that include a 3rd person, and interesting story to the ride back…. but I’ll let you look it up and not spoil it ……..
One other name relevant to this moment in history and I think should be more commonly known is Sybil Ludington. A 16yr old girl who also went on a historical ride to rally the militia and inform them that the British were burning Danbury Connecticut.
She rode 40 miles (24 more than Revere)
I’ll stop there lol
OH, THE REASON PAUL REVERE IS MORE WELL KNOWN AND WHY THE ACCURACY OF THE STORY WAS (MISTAKEN) IS BECAUSE OF THE POEM WRITEN BY Henry Wadsworth Longfellow