Paul Revere's Second Ride
by Randall L. Whipkey
The story of Paul Revere's Ride, in April of 1775, has been well
told in the history books and the poetry of Longfellow; less known
is that Mr. Revere took a second ride through the countryside on
July 5, 1776, to announce the Declaration of Independence adopted in
Philadelphia on July 4. On his route to Lexington, the crier
on horseback charged through five villages, one of them Summerset,
and shouted the news to a different man in each locale, one of them
the village blacksmith. From the facts that follow about the events
surrounding Paul Revere's Second Ride, you should be able to find
the order in which he rode through the villages and the full name
and occupation of the man in each village to whom he broke the news
- On his second ride, Paul Revere announced the Declaration of
Independence to Jonathan earlier than to Mr. Howe, who heard
the news before the man in the village of Maybury.
- Patrick, who isn't Gates, and the farmer were both captains in
- Mr. Bradford and the miller let out loud "huzzah"s when they
got the announcement from Revere.
- Paul Revere broke the news to the schoolmaster in one village
and then to Mr. Adams in the next village.
- The farmer heard about the Declaration earlier than Mr. Gates
but later than Benjamin.
- Adams and the farmer had already fought against the Redcoats
at Concord in 1775.
- Revere told the man in Westham about the events in Philadelphia
immediately after telling the miller in the previous village
- Thomas, who didn't reside in Maybury, and Mr. Howe joyfully
spread the revolutionary news to their villages.
- The wigmaker learned of the Declaration later than the Lanyard
citizen, who talked to Paul Revere at some point after George
- Mr. Morgan and the man from Middlesex gave the horseman money
to help support liberty's cause.
- The village in which Paul Revere announced Independence to the
wigmaker wasn't Maybury.
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