Paul Revere's Ride
You might've heard of Paul Revere's ride. His "midnight ride" most remembered today was as a night-time messenger on horseback just before the battles of Lexington and Concord. According to history, it was a ride of which Paul Revere rides through Old North Church to Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British ...view middle of the document...
In order to warn the people of Lexington of the route the British was going to take; lanterns were used to alert the colonists. If there was one lantern, the British took the land route and two if the British took the sea route. This was similar to what Longfellow's poem stated. One other similarity between the poem and the historical event was that Revere did successfully warn John Adams and Hancock about the route that the British taken.
There are some inaccuracies in the poem that Longfellow wrote. One of them is that Longfellow never mentioned the other riders that were involved in the ride. In fact, William Dawes, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams were the other riders that Longfellow did not mention. Another inaccuracy is that Longfellow stretched the time frame in which the events occurred that night.
As you can see, not ALL of Longfellow's details were historically correct. When Longfellow wrote the poem, he purposely made the mistakes that he made. This was to make the poetic effect that was in his poem. He was trying to create an American legend.