“Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s 1861 poem about Paul Revere’s ride got some facts wrong, according to the History Channel.
First, Revere wasn’t alone when he went to warn John Hancock, Samuel Adams and other patriots that the British were approaching Lexington on April 18, 1775.
William Dawes and Samuel Prescott were with him. As many as 40 men on horseback were spreading the word.
Second, Revere never actually reached Concord. Revere, Dawes and Prescott split up, with Revere getting detained by British soldiers and Dawes losing his way. It was Prescott who was left to warn Concord residents of incoming Brits.
– Janelle Irwin Taylor, Extensive Enterprises