As a follow-up from yesterday’s post, I wanted to post some pictures of the downtown area of Boston. It is appropriate that the picture above be the next picture to follow Bunker Hill. This is close to the view Paul Revere would have had as he looked across the mouth of the Charles River on the night before the first conflicts of the Revolutionary War. The British imposed a curfew in Boston, so Revere sat on Bunker Hill overlooking the city. He was to receive either a one or two lantern signal from the the steeple of the Old North Church that informed him of the manner of the coming British invasion.
The Colonials discovered that the British troops were preparing to march on the stockpiles of weapons and ammunition at Lexington and Concord, MA. The one thing the Colonials didn’t know was the direction of their approach. Would they come from the Atlantic side? Or would they march up the roads from Boston?
The Sexton of the church, Robert Newman, hung two lanterns, letting Revere know that they would be attacking from the water. From there, Revere set out to inform the many volunteers waiting for the alert. In spite of what Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote, there were many other riders accompanying Revere that night.
This is one of the reasons I love the spot of Bunker hill so much. It was a pivotal place in the fight for freedom that led to the birth of the United States.