Horse Tales - 1001 Stall Stories
Late at night when you hear some hoof shuffling and neighing in the barnyard, do you ever wonder if horses talk to each other like people do? Well, you listen to Molly and she will tell you some of the stories that she has heard about horse adventures over the years. They laugh at some, cry about some, and brag a lot too!
Deke, one of my stable mates, told this story one night.
"Did you know that I am a descendent of the horse that rode with Paul Revere on his famous Midnight Ride? Well, it was April 18, 1775, and the British troops were going to arrest Samuel Adams and John Hancock. They were both very important statesmen. Paul Revere was an express rider for the state of Massachusetts and carried important messages and news as far as New York and Philadelphia, so it was natural for them to select him to warn Hancock and Adams.
"Paul arranged for a friend to signal him from Christ Church in Boston. A lantern or two would be hung in the tower of the church, "One if by land, two if by sea" meant that the British would either march to Lexington, or row across the Charles River. Paul rowed across the river earlier that night and waited on shore for the signal. Suddenly he saw the two lights from the tower meaning that the British would be coming by boat. Now he had to warn the people of the danger ahead and needed to have a trusty steed to carry him.
"That's where my ancestor's adventure started. Paul Revere had to borrow a horse from Deacon John Larkin, (guess how I got my name), and began his midnight ride to Lexington. All through the countryside he stopped at every house calling out, "The British are coming!" Two more riders who helped spread the word joined him. They galloped along as fast as they could for miles in the darkness. After warning Adams and Hancock, the three riders decided to continue on to Concord, Massachusetts, because they knew weapons and supplies were hidden there, but soon all three were arrested by the British. The other riders escaped, but Paul was held captive and his horse, my great great grandpappy, was taken away from him. We don't really know what happened to him after that, but we do know he served his country well."
A poem was written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow called "Paul Revere's Ride" if you would like to know more details about the midnight ride.