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Editor says, what if changed circumstances had turned revolutionary hero Paul Revere into a loyalist? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s). This article is part of the Generals thread. Alternate Historian and 1 other(s) like this article.
In 1770,revulsed by the lynching of British Redcoats on King Street, the Bostonian silversmith Paul Revere converted to the loyalist cause, later serving with distinction in the Massachusetts Volunteers at the Battle of Long Island and the capture of New York City.
Nightmare on King StreetDespite this exemplary military service and not to mention his famous engravings of the Boston Massacre, it was his "midnight ride" that turned him into an iconic hero.
Revere helped organize an intelligence and alarm system to keep watch on the patriot militia. In service as a messenger to the crown on April 18, 1775 he received intelligence that one William Dawes had set off to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the movements of the British Army, which was beginning a march from Boston to Lexington, ostensibly to arrest Hancock and Adams and seize the weapons stores in Concord.
Anticipating a bloody confrontation like King Street writ large he set off on horseback to warn the King's regulars that they would be met by formations of patriot militia. Due to his tireless energy, wiser heads prevailed and Adams and Hancock were left to enjoy their liberty, for the time being at least.
Editor says, in our timeline the Redcoats opened fire on the crowd killing eleven American civilians. Wikipedia states ~ One of his most famous engravings was done in the wake of the Boston Massacre in March of 1770. It is not known whether Revere was present during the Massacre, though his detailed map of the bodies, meant to be used in the trial of the British soldiers held responsible, suggests that he had first-hand knowledge Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.