By Susan Steffen-Kraft
Before the American Revolution he was a member of the Sons of Liberty that opposed tax legislation such as the Stamp Act of 1765. This group also organized demonstrations against the British which I am sure were not appreciated and viewed with a jaundiced eye. Paul Revere served as a rider for the Committee of Correspondence. Between 1773 and 1775 he also relayed messages about British troop movements from Boston to Philadelphia, New York and Harford.
Lest we forget the name of the borrowed mare, it was Brown Beauty. She was later confiscated by the British and unfortunately we shall never know what happened to that brave horse that Charlestown merchant John Larkin loaned to Revere for this famous of all rides.
In case he and the other riders did not get through the good citizens of Charlestown were to inform the countryside; a good plan on his part because obviously he knew it was "better to be safe then sorry!"
Yes there are a few discrepancies in this famous poem but there is enough truth to make it a beloved part of the history of Paul Revere's ride.
His actions, along with those of Willam Dawes, Samuel Prescott and the other unnamed and unknown riders prevented the British from capturing John Hancock and Samuel Adams who were in Lexington and a big supply of the patriot's ammunition which they would need for the opening battles of the Revolutionary War. In fact, at 5:00 AM in the morning Revere himself helped Adams and Hancock escape and then went back to Buckbank's Tavern to get Mr. Hancock's trunk of papers. It was then he heard the first shot fired on Lexington Green.