Paul Revere’s lonesome ride at midnight to warn the colonies that the “British were coming” is something that every American student learns in grade school.
The problem is that the story isn’t entirely accurate. As is the case with a lot of history, the story has changed over time, and there are reasons for that. In this case, the reason why people think that Paul Revere was the lone rider bringing the news of the British invasion is because of a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in 1860.
Longfellow’s poem changed the history of Revere’s ride in 1775 so much that when the story is taught, it usually using the version from the poem. So the question is, what really happened, and how is it different from what is usually assumed to be the truth?
On April 18, 1775, Paul Revere did participate in a system that alerted certain members of the Sons of Liberty that British troops had been seen gathering to attack military stores in Concord, Massachusetts. That part of the story is true.