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Paul Reveres Ride

  1. 1. Paul Reveres Ride<br />-Sophia Mick<br />
  2. 2. Introduction<br />Nearly everyone raised in the United States knows of Paul Rever.<br />The memory of that midnight ride has been shared by many Americans.<br />A paradox of the American cultures is the 2 parties called the Filiopietists and the Iconoclasts and their persistence.<br />The Filiopetists love to celebrate this midnight ride, and the Iconoclasts do not.<br />
  3. 3. The Mission (Part 1)<br />General Thomas Gage believed he had to strike at the heart of the rebel movement with as little bloodshed as possible<br />This required secrecy, surprise, and sound intelligence.<br />Whig leaders knew that the British army was going to move in but were not sure of where and when. <br />They believed it was important that a British soldier must fire first. <br />
  4. 4. The Mission (Part 2)<br />The British knew the importance of intelligence. So this system was created and controlled from the top down. This proved strength in the system.<br />But the commander in chief was normally just told what he wanted to hear instead of what was needing to be said.<br />The American intelligence was the other way around, it was built from the bottom up.<br />
  5. 5. The March (Part 1)<br />British soldiers were ordered to move in small parties so as not to alarm the town.<br />They made their way back to a rendezvous place on the edge of the Back Bay<br />The chosen men were put into two elite units.<br />The Grenadier Company men were chosen for their large size and strength<br />The Light Infantry Company men for their agility and active men.<br />
  6. 6. The March (Part 2)<br />They spent two hours crossing the Charles River.<br />This tidy arangement of men were the regimental pride of the British army.<br />Once every company was in their proper positions, they received their orders to March onward. <br />
  7. 7. The Capture (Part 1)<br />Paul Revere and William Dawes traveled on their second mission that night<br />They were overtaken by a young gentleman who introduced himself as Doctor Prescott.<br />They rode together, and Revere explained their purpose of raising the alarm through the countryside.<br />Revere warned the two men about the British roving squads and that they should expect to be captured.<br />
  8. 8. The Capture (Part 2)<br />Revere rode several hundred yards ahead of the men and suddenly saw two horsemen lurking under a tree in the moonlight. He shouted a warning to his companions. When they reached his side, he proposed that they attack.<br />The group of men approached as two soldiers appeared next to the men by the tree. (Revere and his men tried to gallop away but Revere was cornered)<br />The ambush was chosen with cunning and now Revere was surrounded by ten British soldiers with swords and pistols. <br />
  9. 9. The Alarm (Part 1)<br />Many riders joined in raising the alarm that night. Revere was thought of as a great organizer and promoter of a common effort in the cause of freedom. <br />All along Reveres route, town leaders and militia commanders were systematically engaged in the job of raising the alarm and warning their towns. <br />
  10. 10. The Alarm (Part 2)<br />Doctor Prescott was raising the alarms in the towns west of Concord. Meanwhile his brother Abel Prescott was traveling to Sudbury and Framingham.<br />From Needham the alarm spread east to Newton, from Dover Farms it raced to the Norfolk County then circled back towards Boston where it had originated. <br />
  11. 11. The Muster (Part 1)<br />Immediately after the alarm was received the men of Massachusetts began to assemble in their towns.<br />John Parker was one of the leaders that men would willingly follow into the face of danger.<br />He was an old soldier who had survived a hard campaign.<br />He had seen more war than most of the British Regulators had. <br />
  12. 12. The Muster (Part 2)<br />The Lexington militia contained men from the age of 16 all the way up to the age of 66 (However most of them were between the ages of 30-40)<br />This militia was the product of many years of institutional development, and was the result of careful planning and collective effort.<br />Many towns tried to send the men out together. Other towns sent their men out in separate companies. <br />

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