Sarah Palin Was Right About Paul Revere!
June 4, 2011 1 Comment
I’ve seen a lot made, lately, about Sarah Palin’s apparently erroneous take on the Paul Revere story…
After all, everyone knows Revere warned the Americans that he British were coming, but to say he warned the British is ridiculous right?
Well… maybe not so much!
Mrs. Palin states that:
“He [Revere] who warned the… the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms…”
Well, according to a letter from the man himself, Paul Revere, written to Jeremy Belknap in, or around, 1798, he did kind of warn the British that the Americans were armed, and would not be handing them over. In Mr. Revere’s own words:
“…I observed a Wood at a Small distance, & made for that. When I got there, out Started Six [British] officers, on Horse back, and orderd me to dismount;-one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I came from, & what my Name Was? I told him. it was Revere, he as-ked if it was Paul? I told him yes He asked me if I was an express? I answered in the afirmative. He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and aded, that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up. He imediately rode towards those who stoppd us, when all five of them came down upon a full gallop; one of them, whom I afterwards found to be Major Mitchel, of the 5th Regiment, Clapped his pistol to my head, called me by name, & told me he was going to ask me some questions, & if I did not give him true answers, he would blow my brains out. He then asked me similar questions to those above…”
So… under questioning by British soldiers, Mr. Revere basically says “Your guys are stuck at the river with five-hundred Americans on their way, who are armed after I alerted them to your soldiers’ presence…”. Or is my understanding of eighteenth century English lacking?