The Capture of Paul Revere

The Capture of Paul Revere (HMBTD)

Location: Hanscom AFB, MA 95624 Middlesex County
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N 42° 26.936', W 71° 16.786'

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Minute Man National Historical Park, Mass

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While passing through Lexington at around midnight, Revere and William Dawes met Dr. Samuel Prescott of Concord, who was riding home after courting Lydia Mulliken. Prescott agreed to help spread the alarm that "the Regulars were out."

The three men ran into a patrol of ten mounted British officers posted here to prevent word of the British march from reaching Concord. Revere was captured. Dawes escaped back towards Lexington. Prescott jumped his horse over a stone wall and eluded his pursuers. It was Prescott who carried the alarm to Concord and beyond.

Revere was questioned, held for a while and then released, but the British officers confiscated his horse. Revere walked back to Lexington in time to hear the gunfire at dawn on the town Common.

I saw four of them, they rode up to me with their pistols in their hands, and said G-d d-n you stop, if you go an inch further you are a dead man. Immediately Mr. Prescott came up, we attempted to git thru them, but they kept before us, and swore if we did not turn in to that pasture, they would blow our brains out . . . Mr. Prescott said to me, "Get on!" He took to the left, I to the right, towards a wood . . . just as I reached it, out started six officers seized my bridle, put their pistols to my breast, ordered me to dismount . . .
Paul Revere
Placed ByMinute Man National Historical Park
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Date Added Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 at 12:45pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)19T E 312523 N 4702140
Decimal Degrees42.44893333, -71.27976667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 26.936', W 71° 16.786'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 26' 56.16" N, 71° 16' 47.16" W
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Area Code(s)916
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9031-9041 Elk Grove Blvd, Hanscom AFB MA 95624, US
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