Last Full Measure: Paul Revere’s Ride II

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose sacrifice gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.
Content: Sometime on the evening of April 18, 1775, Paul Revere discovered that his best laid plans were falling apart. The British had dispatched several hundred troops to capture colonial ammunition stored at Concord Massachusetts and Revere’s prearranged signal, “one if by land, two if by sea,” had only served to confuse fellow patriots waiting for his warning so they could go spread the alarm. When Revere went over to Charlestown to check on them no one was doing anything. Revere borrowed a horse and was off.
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Last Full Measure: Paul Revere’s Ride I

Lead: For 400 years service men and women have fought to carve out and defend freedom and the civilization we know as America. This series on A Moment in Time is devoted to the memory of those warriors, whose sacrifice gave, in the words of Lincoln at Gettysburg, the last full measure.
Content: Among American poets few have matched the popularity of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. One of his most famous and beloved poems was his descriptive narrative of Paul Revere's Ride (1860). Unfortunately, according to essayist Richard W. O'Connell, the poet got his meter better than his facts.
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