REVERE'S RIDE. Paul Revere, a Boston silversmith, engraver, and a messenger of the Massachusetts Committee of Safety, knew that British troops in Boston planned to seize the military stores collected in Concord, Massachusetts. On the night of 18 April 1775, Revere learned that the British attack had begun. After sending a signal to nearby friends, Revere headed for Lexington, sounding his alarm as he went. In Lexington, Revere teamed up with William Dawes and Samuel Prescott and started toward Concord. British officers intercepted the three, but Prescott escaped and continued on to Concord. Dawes fled back toward Lexington, and Revere was held for a few hours.
Triber, Jayne E. A True Republican: The Life of Paul Revere. Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1998.