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Two Views of the Midnight Ride

 

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 
Paul Revere

Student Instructions: The boxes contain descriptions of Midnight Ride events according to Longfellow (left). Be sure to examine the time line of the Real Midnight Ride. Write in a factual description of the events according to Paul Revere and later historians.

Hint: There are two major inaccuracies in Longfellow's poem: (1) the purpose of the lanterns hung in the Old North Church tower, and (2) Revere's 2 AM arrival in Concord.

Paul Revere's Ride
the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The Real Ride
as told by Paul Revere

In the poem...

Paul asked a friend to warn him of a British march from Boston by hanging one or two lanterns in the Old North Church tower.

What really happened was...

In the poem...

Paul Revere was the only rider ready to ride and warn of British Regulars marching from Boston.

What really happened was...

In the poem...

Paul waited impatiently across the river for the lantern signal. After seeing the two lanterns in the Old North Church steeple, Paul mounted his own horse and began his ride.

What really happened was...

In the poem...

Paul rode through Medford, Lexington, and finally reached Concord as the clock struck two.

What really happened was...

 

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