BeeOasis Step 2
The midnight ride of Paul Revere happened a long time ago. At that time, America was ruled by the king of Great Britain. There were thousands of British soldiers in Boston. The king sent them there to make the people obey his laws. But his laws were unjust. These soldiers guarded the streets of the town. They would not let anyone come in or go out without their permission.
The people did not like this. They said, “We have a right to be free men. Yet, the king treats us like slaves. He makes us pay taxes and gives us nothing in return. He sends soldiers to take away our liberty.”
The whole country was upset. Brave men left their homes and hurried toward Boston. They said, “We do not wish to fight against the king. But we are free men. He must not send soldiers to trouble us. If the people of Boston must fight for their liberty, we will help them.”
These men were not afraid of the king’s soldiers. Some of them camped in the area of Charlestown. This was a village near Boston. From the hills of Charlestown, they could watch and see what the king’s soldiers were doing.
They wanted to be ready to defend themselves. They were afraid that the British soldiers might attack them. For this reason they had bought some powder for their guns. At that time, guns needed this powder in order to fire. They stored the gun powder in the town of Concord, nearly twenty miles away.
The king’s soldiers heard about the gun powder. They decided to go take it for themselves. One of the men at Charlestown was a brave young man named Paul Revere. He was ready to serve his country in any way that he could.
Paul had a friend who lived in Boston. One day Paul’s friend came to visit. He came very quietly and secretly. He did not want the soldiers to know where he was.
“I have something to tell you,” he said to Paul. “Some of the king’s soldiers are going to Concord. They are going to take the gun powder that is there. They are getting ready to go right now.”
“They will try,” said Paul Revere. “But they will get no powder, if I can help it. I will wake up all the farmers between here and Concord. They will hold the soldiers back. But you must help me.”
“I will do all that I can,” said his friend.
“Well, then,” said Paul Revere, “you must go back to Boston and watch. As soon as the soldiers are ready to start, go to the Church. Hang a light in the tower. If they are going to cross the river, hang two. I will be here, ready. As soon as I see the light, I will ride out on my horse. I will give the alert.”
When night came, Paul Revere was at the river with his horse. He looked over. . .