Paul Revere's Midday Ride To Portsmouth New Hampshire

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Home Stager with Sharon Tara Transformations

Most people are familiar with the midnight ride of Paul Revere and its historic relevance to our nation. 

But most people don't know about Paul's midday ride to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, four months earlier. 

 

 

242 years ago today, December 13, 1774,

Paul Revere rode into Portsmouth to warn locals of the British intention to secure all their munitions. (to keep the rebels from getting their hands on them)

Portsmouth's patriots gathered and planned an attack on Fort William and Mary.

They swarmed the walls of the fort and seized 97 barrels of gun powder.

As word spread of the successful attack more patriots were recruited.

Before British reinforcements could arrive to defend the fort, the patriots attacked once more and seized cannons, muskets and ammunition.

 

 

 

 

Today at the fort, now named Fort Constitution, there is a plaque that declares it as the location of the first victory of the American Revolution.

 

"Other rebellious acts preceded it, but the raid on Fort William and Mary was different in that it was an organized, armed assault on the King’s property, rather than a spontaneous act of self-defense. Following the colonists’ treasonous acts in Portsmouth Harbor, British resolve to seize rebel supplies only strengthened, setting the stage for what happened four months later at Lexington and Concord."  Smithsonian.com

 

For a more detailed account of this historic event, read this excellent article at Smithsonian.com, The Midday Ride of Paul Revere, written by Christopher Klein.

 

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Rainmaker
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Sharon Tara
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Belinda Spillman  I had no idea until I read a little about it on facebook this morning. I found it interesting and did some research for the "rest of the story" and decided it was worth sharing.

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  I find it all so interesting. I would find a visit to the Hopi reservation fascinating.

Dec 13, 2016 10:51 AM #3
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Michael Jacobs
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Hi Sharon --- I've never been to New England and there is so much to discover there that goes far beyond what I might find at Neena's house of creativity.   Thanks for today's unexpected but interesting history lesson.   

Dec 13, 2016 11:06 AM #4
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Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
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Sharon, interesting history lesson on what happened 242 years ago.

Dec 13, 2016 11:28 AM #5
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Sharon, your area is so rich in history!  I bet the wee ones love field trips with Neena.  

Dec 13, 2016 01:57 PM #6
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Hi Sharon - I remember reading about that attack a long time ago, but I had totally forgotten about its significance.

Dec 13, 2016 02:06 PM #7
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Joanna Cohlan
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Good afternoon Sharon, I visited this when I was in Portsmouth several years ago-New England is definitely where it all began.  I must admit however, that I always felt a keen interest in The Battle of Brooklyn, which was not a success for the colonists, but definitely led to a turning point in the war and in the founding fathers visions.

Dec 13, 2016 02:10 PM #8
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Michael Jacobs  I'm glad you found it interesting. Although it's about my area of the country, it pertains to all of us....our beginning as a nation!

Rebecca Gaujot, the Go To Realtor®  I had no idea Paul Revere came to Portsmouth....I found it very interesting!

Kathy Streib  Not to Boston yet, but someday. We did take Tom and Jack to another fort in the area in September and they LOVED it. Fort Constitution will be on next summer's agenda!

Dick Greenberg  You know I say "I had no idea" but I'm sure I must have at one point and just forgotten. The mind is not what it used to be.

Dec 13, 2016 02:13 PM #9
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Joanna Cohlan  So many historic battles to get our independence....the courage of the patriots that fought for it should never be forgotten.

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Sharon,

That is the beauty of living in your corner of the United States, I always feel the history that your state has!  Thanks for that enlightening bit of history.  Ron went to Paul Revere middle school in Calif.  A

Dec 13, 2016 04:15 PM #11
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I lived in  New England for 6 months at the ripe old age of 21 and I felt I was back in school with all the history I was learning Sharon Tara 

Dec 13, 2016 04:21 PM #12
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Thank you very much for sharing this interesting history lesson.

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I learn so much here on ActiveRain and this is one of those times.

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I remember learning about it in grade school, but I don't recall all of that, so I definitely learned something new today!

Dec 14, 2016 05:02 AM #15
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel  Every state has it's own history, all so interesting!

Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, Broker, Tacoma Washington  Awesome...I returned you to your youth. LOL

Roy Kelley  You are most welcome!

Ed Silva  Wonderful! I love your Santa pic! We make quite the stunning couple!

Brian England  I was in Massachusetts for grade school, so I'm sure I learned this, but of course I don't remember it.

 

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Oh you flirt you.  I had no idea this was a dating site

Dec 14, 2016 08:51 AM #17
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Wow Sharon Tara,  Paul had a horse that could run.  I remember seeing his place in Boston last time there.

 

Dec 14, 2016 09:56 AM #18
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Ed Silva  You never know!

Will Hamm  He sure did....like the wind!

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Thanks for sharing a story I didn't know. Paul Revere looks strangely like Jack Black.

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Sharon, what cool facts of history right there where you are! I'd never seen an actual painting of Paul Revere...he seems different than I would have expected. Love reading about the  history of our country! 

Dec 20, 2016 06:43 PM #21
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Michelle Carr-Crowe-Top 1% Diamond Certified Real Estate Team Sells Cupertino San Jose Homes-Just Call 408-252-8900  You are right! He does look like Jack Black!

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  Glad you enjoyed it. I found it very interesting too. I remember seeing a mini series on the History Channel, last year....Sons of Liberty. It was so good. I didn't want it to end. You would probably love it.

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