Lincoln in Middlesex County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Capture of Paul Revere
Minute Man National Historical Park, Mass
—National Park Service —
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 . . .
Erected by Minute Man National Historical Park.
Location. 42° 26.936′ N, 71° 16.786′ W. Marker is in Lincoln, Massachusetts, in Middlesex County. Marker is at the intersection of N Great Road (Massachusetts Route 2A) and Mill Street, on the right when traveling west on N Great Road. Touch 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 Midnight Riders (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. ¼ mile 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lincoln.
More about this marker. The center of the marker contains a picture of Dr. Prescott on horseback jumping the stone wall. The upper left of the marker features a picture of Paul Revere surrounded by British officers. It has a caption
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. The Battle of Concord. The American Revolutionary War website. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
3. Paul Revere’s Ride, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. (Submitted on May 7, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • Notable Events • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 3,003 times since then and 97 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 18, 2009, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.