As told by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in his poem of the same name, Paul Revere’s Ride saw the American patriot ride to Lexington, Massachusetts to warn the town that the British were coming.
“Listen, my children, and you shall hear / Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere / On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-Five: Hardly a man is now alive / Who remembers that famous day and year.”
At around 11pm (after stopping by his house to pick up his boots and overcoat), Revere set off on horseback. By midnight, he rode through Lexington, but was met by a request from the guard outside the house of Samuel Adams and John Hancock to keep the noise down. “Noise!” cried Revere, “You’ll have noise enough before long. The regulars are coming out!”