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