Samuel Prescott

Samuel Prescott

One of the three men who make the “midnight ride” from Boston to Lexington on April 18, 1775.

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Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” failed to mention the other men who participated, including Samuel Prescott. His was one of many efforts to re-vamp the perception of the Revolutionary War. In this case, Longfellow wanted to create a hero, as an attempt to promote an American identity, and stop the Civil War. Prescott’s return to popularity shows the current effort to portray history as it was instead of how we wish it was.

From the Card:

  • You are an active Patriot carrying messages between leaders, but generally keep a low profile.
  • You are returning home from visiting your fiancée, when you encounter Paul Revere and William Dawes on their famous “midnight ride.”
  • You decide to join them and are the only one of the three to make it all the way to Concord
  • You become a surgeon in the Continental Army, and later on a privateer ship. You are captured by the Royal Navy and die as a prisoner in Canada.

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