Listen my friend and you shall hear of the
"Midnight Ride of Paul Revere." As the colonist became
angry, a group was formed called the Minutemen. They were called
Minutemen because they would be ready to fight in a minute. The
Minutemen began to gather weapons and ammunition to fight the
Redcoats. The British heard of this and began to make plans to take
the weapons and ammunition away from the colonist.
Paul Revere had made plans with a friend in Boston who
was keeping an eye on the British soldiers. If and when the British
started to move, he was to send a signal from high in the steeple of the
church tower. "One if by land, two if by sea." Paul
told his friend to light one lantern if the British troops were marching
by land and two lanterns if the British troops were coming across the bay
One evening two lamps shone in the steeple of the Old
North Church. Paul Revere knew the British were coming by sea.
He rowed by the British boats to the shore on the other side of the bay,
jumped on a horse and rode off to warn the towns people. He rode
through the town and yelled, "The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats
are coming!" The Minutemen dressed and grabbed their
muskets. The Revolutionary War was about to begin!
The British were also know as the
The colonist called themselves Minutemen because
only able to fight one minute.
they could fire a weapon in
less than a minute.
they were ready to fight in
"One if by land, two if by sea!" meant
by land, two armies by sea
One lantern if the British
come by land, and two if by sea.
One shot if by land, two
shots if by sea.
The British were unhappy with the colonist gathering
weapons and ammunition.
Paul Revere rode through the night yelling,
The town is on fire!
The Redcoats are coming!
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