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No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« on: February 20, 2017, 10:56:13 PM »
The Columbian Centinel 18 May 1818, Deaths.
 
On Sunday, PAUL REVERE Esq. in the 84th year of age. During his protracted life his activity in business and benevolence vigor of mind and strength of constitution were unabated He was one of the earliest and most indefatigable patriots and soldiers of the Revolution and has filled with fidelity ability and usefulness many important situations in the military and civil service of his country and has stood at the head of valued and beneficent institutions. Seldom has the tomb closed over a life so honorable and useful.

A minor footnote in history until Wadsworth poem: "Paul Revere's Ride" (1860) is a poem by American poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow that commemorates the actions of American patriot Paul Revere on April 18, 1775, although with significant inaccuracies. It was first published in the January 1861 issue of The Atlantic Monthly.


LISTEN, my children, and you shall hear   
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,   
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;   
Hardly a man is now alive   
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, ‘If the British march   
By land or sea from the town to-night,   
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch   
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,—   
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,   
Ready to ride and spread the alarm   
Through every Middlesex village and farm,   
For the country folk to be up and to arm.’   
If I knew the world would perish tomorrow, I would still plant my apple tree.        Martin Luther

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Re: No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2017, 12:09:29 PM »
Thanks for sharing!
Even the early media didn't print the whole story....
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Re: No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« Reply #2 on: February 21, 2017, 01:04:11 PM »
I'm planning on leading off my telling of the First Strike this weekend with part of this poem!  Apparently, Paul Revere was not much more than just a local legend before Longfellow wrote the poem about him, and the poem is one of the main reasons that so many inaccuracies exist about Paul Revere's ride.  Fascinating!
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Re: No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« Reply #3 on: February 21, 2017, 04:03:42 PM »
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Re: No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« Reply #4 on: February 22, 2017, 09:49:04 PM »
how is it PHenry has yet to swing by and check out a ladyseed?
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Re: No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« Reply #5 on: February 23, 2017, 12:13:07 AM »
Paul Revere likely considered his ride a failure.  After all, he failed to get to Concord to warn the town fathers.

Longfellow's poem in 1861, though, is what fundamentally forever changed the image of the Midnight Ride.  This poem also appeared in readers in American one-room schoolhouses, and that is what truly went and created the man, the myth, the legend. 

But, from little acorns, mighty oaks do grow.  The story is now great American Heritage, and is forevermore firmly embedded in the American psyche.  "The British are Coming" is but one example of the myth that exists today.  Totally false, but it is what people "know".

Obituaries rarely speak ill of the dead, except in those rare cases of notoriously evil people.  Paul Revere was a good man who benefitted from a Longfellow poem.  The early popularity of the poem likely stemmed from the need to wax nostalgic of better times during 1861-1865, as the Second Civil War raged on.

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Re: No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« Reply #6 on: February 23, 2017, 01:01:55 PM »
At the time of Revere's death, it probably was not considered abnormal having done a ride, since so many did rides all throughout the war. His is just the one that got incorrectly immortalized.

And Smoak, you are right, how is it phenry has missed us LadySeeders??

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Re: No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« Reply #7 on: February 26, 2017, 01:27:28 PM »
Well, looks like ya got my attention. I am currently hoping to "recruit" a female shooter from last weekend to become an instructor. She's coming up to the IBC at Ramseur in August. So, maybe I can not only stop by, but bring a more welcomed addition of a proper LadySeed instructor. She already works with women who are new to shooting at Shoot Straight in Clearwater.

Just let me know where and when and if I can make, you have my word I will.  O0
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Re: No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2017, 08:30:05 PM »
Bring her to the Gainesville shoot in October!!!!  Pretty please?

Well, looks like ya got my attention. I am currently hoping to "recruit" a female shooter from last weekend to become an instructor. She's coming up to the IBC at Ramseur in August. So, maybe I can not only stop by, but bring a more welcomed addition of a proper LadySeed instructor. She already works with women who are new to shooting at Shoot Straight in Clearwater.

Just let me know where and when and if I can make, you have my word I will.  O0
Bad men cannot make good citizens. It is when a people forget God that tyrants forge their chains." - Patrick Henry

The American Constitution is remarkable for its simplicity; but can only suffice a people habitually correct in their actions, and would be utterly inadequate to the wants of a different nation.  Change the domestic habits of the Americans, their religious devotion, and their high respect for morality, and it will not be necessary to change a single letter in the Constitution in order to vary the whole form of their government. - Francis Grund 1837

"In the prevailing political theory of the founding era, the family was considered one of the essential pillars of republican virtue, and it not only needed to be nurtured, but also protected from the tyranny of the government.... American revolutionaries and their descendants understood marriage and the family to be schools of republican virtue. -Mary Lyndon Shanley, Review Essay, 27 Law & Soc. Inq. 923, 926

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Re: No mention of the famous ride in Paul Reveres obituary
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2017, 10:52:15 PM »
Great job, phenry! Looking forward to meeting this addition to the AS/LS family. And we might still feed you!
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"I prefer dangerous freedom to peaceful slavery." -   Thomas Jefferson, Jan. 30, 1787