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.