by Micah Jensen
On the evening of April 18, 1775 Paul Revere was sent for by Dr. Joseph Warren and instructed to ride to Lexington Massachusetts, to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them. After being rowed across the Charles River to Charlestown by two associates, Paul Revere borrowed a horse from his friend Deacon John Larkin. While in Charlestown he verified that the local Sons of Liberty committee had seen his pre-arranged signals. (Two lanterns had been hung briefly in the bell-tower of Christ Church in Boston, indicating that troops would row by sea across the charles River to Cambridge rather than marching by land" out boston neck.
After sending his message Revere was joined by a second rider William Dawes who had been sent on the same errand by a different route. Deciding on their own to continue on to Concord Massachusetts where weapons and supplies were hidden Revere and Dawes were joined by a third rider Dr. Samuel Prescott.