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On April 18, 1775, late in the evening, on orders from British General Thomas Gage, 800 British soldiers began their march from Boston to Lexington (to arrest on-the-lam-rebel-leaders, John Hancock and Sam Adams) and to Concord (to seize a Colonist weapons cache). Aware of the British plans in advance, thanks to inside intelligence, Paul Revere and smuggler/disguise artist William Dawes set out to Lexington to warn Hancock and Adams and to warn the militia in Concord. Revere took the quicker route than Dawes, rowing across the Charles River and borrowing a horse on the North shore at Charlestown—heading through Medford and onto Lexington. Dawes took his horse the roundabout Southern land route through Roxbury and North to Cambridge and onto Lexington—both men alerting colonists to the British advance along the way. Revere arrived in Lexington first—around Midnight (thus “Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride”) where he told Hancock and Adams that the British were coming. Dawes arrived around 12:30am. (So, it’s actually April 19 now.) After eating and drinking with Hancock and Adams, the duo left for Concord at around 2am. Luckily, they were joined by a fellow TSOL, Dr. Sam Prescott, who had been visiting a “friend” in Lexington and was returning home to Concord. Why luckily? Because in the town of Lincoln, halfway between Lexington and Concord, a British patrol intercepted the galloping trio, capturing Revere and tripping up Dawes, who fell off his horse and scrambled off to hide. Only Prescott galloped away to Concord to warn the Concord Minutemen. Revere, who was released after about an hour, ended the evening trudging on foot through the dark back to Lexington. At around the same time (2am), the 800 Redcoats advancing from Boston, already having ferried across the Charles themselves around Midnight, set out on the 17 mile march toward Lexington and Concord—unaware that the rebels were waiting and ready.