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Capt. Thomas Barnard and the Signal from Old North

18 April 2019

Last spring I wrote a bunch of postings about the debate over who hung the signal lanterns from Old North Church on 18 Apr 1775, John Pulling or Robert Newman.My conclusion: They were...

“Paul Revere never made the midnight ride”?

17 April 2019

A lot of legend grew up around the American Revolution in the late 1800s, and Henry W. Longfellow’s poem “Paul Revere’s Ride” made the events of 18-19 Apr 1775...

“Mr. Adjutant Daws & the Sergeants”

16 April 2019

In Paul Revere’s Ride, David Hackett Fischer made an impressive case that Paul Revere had a social network among the Boston Whigs second only to Dr. Joseph Warren.As I’ve...

Spero on “Frontier Rebels” in Worcester, 16 Apr.

15 April 2019

On Tuesday, 16 April, the American Antiquarian Society will host a lecture by Patrick Spero on “Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776,”...