William Dawes

William Dawes

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

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Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride,” failed to mention the other men who participated, including William Dawes. 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. Dawes' return to popularity shows the current effort to portray history as it was instead of how we wish it was.

From the Card:

  • Your tanning business demands frequent travel in and out of Boston.
  • You get to know the British sentries guarding Boston’s town gate.
  • This makes you ideal for carrying Patriot messages because no one suspects you.
  • You are chosen along with Paul Revere as one of the riders to gallop to Lexington to warn the Patriots that the British army is on the move.
  • You later become a Quartermaster in the Continental Army, responsible for providing supplies to the troops.

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