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Lincoln in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

The Midnight Riders

Minute Man National Historical Park, Mass

 

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The Midnight Riders Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
1. The Midnight Riders Marker
Inscription. In September of 1774, Patriot leaders initiated a system of alarms and express riders to warn all towns whenever British troops marched out of Boston.

On April 18th, at about 10:00 in the evening, two riders set out from Boston ahead of 700 British troops. William Dawes took the land route south of Boston. Paul Revere crossed the Charles River, obtained a horse, and began his ride. They stopped in Lexington to warn Patriot leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams, then headed on to Concord, where military supplies for the colony were stored.

As he two men alerted the countryside, other towns sent more riders out into the night. About 4,000 Massachusetts Militia and Minute Men took up arms and arrived in time to fight on April 19th. By day’s end, about 20,000 were on the march.

“One if by land, and two, if by sea; And I on the opposite shore will be, Ready to ride and spread the alarm Through every Middlesex village and farm, For the country folk to be up and to arm.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s poem Paul Revere’s Ride (1861) has helped make the alarm rider an American icon.

 
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
 
Location. 42° 26.936′ N, 71° 16.786′ 
Marker in Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
2. Marker in Minute Man Nat'l Hist Park
W. Marker is in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is on N Great Road (Massachusetts Route 2A), on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is located in Minute Man National Historic Park, along the Battle Road. Marker is in this post office area: Lincoln MA 01773, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. End of Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride (here, next to this marker); The Capture of Paul Revere (here, next to this marker); Weapon of the Day (within shouting distance of this marker); Paul Revere Capture Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Thorning Boulder (approx. 0.3 miles away); Josiah Nelson House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomas Nelson Jr. House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Minute Man Visitor Center (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lincoln.
 
More about this marker. The right side of the marker contains a picture of Paul Revere on horseback, with the caption “Paul Revere stops to warn Hancock and Adams.” Paintings of Paul Revere and William Dawes appear on the left portion of the marker.
 
Also see . . .
1. Minute Man National Historical Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Paul Revere’s Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Paul Revere Markers Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
3. Paul Revere Markers
There are several markers at the Paul Revere Capture Site in Minute Man National Historic Park. This marker is the leftmost of the three.
. (Submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. The Battle of Concord. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsWar, US Revolutionary
 
The Midnight Riders Photo, Click for full size
By Bill Coughlin, April 17, 2009
4. The Midnight Riders
Dawes • Revere • Prescott
1:30 a.m.
April 19, 1775
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,017 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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