MYTH: Paul Revere heroically rode through the night to warn of a British attack at Lexington and Concord.
So the story, poems, songs, and all tell the tale of Paul Revere’s midnight ride to warn patriots at Lexington and concord of an approaching British attack, therefore allowing them to ambush the ambushers. But the truth is that it never actually happened, at least not the way it seems. Longfellow made the story famous with his poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” but he probably made Revere seem a lot more brave than he really was because Longfellow’s grandfather actually had Revere court-martialed for cowardice and unsoldierly behavior, but was not convicted. Paul wasn’t the only one who attempted the ride either. A man named William Dawes was the one who made it to Concord with Revere never even making it. He was stopped by British troops. He then billed the government 10 pounds and 4 shillings to cover the expenses of his mission that he never completed.