Our betters on the left are all a twitter over Sarah Palin and her curious comments on Paul Revere during her "unconventional" and "really unfair" One Nation Tour.
Admittedly, her take seems different from what I learned about the silversmith Revere while reading Johnny Tremain and watching the Disney production of same. But wait, Mr. Revere himself would like to comment on the discussion.
"I observed a Wood at a Small distance, & made for that. When I got there, out Started Six officers, on Horse back,and orderd me to dismount;-one of them, who appeared to have the command, examined me, where I came from,& what my Name Was? I told him. it was Revere, he asked if it was Paul? I told him yes He asked me if I was an express? I answered in the afirmative. He demanded what time I left Boston? I told him; and aded, that their troops had catched aground in passing the River, and that There would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the Country all the way up. He imediately rode towards those who stoppd us, when all five of them came down upon a full gallop; one of them, whom I afterwards found to be Major Mitchel, of the 5th Regiment, Clapped his pistol to my head, called me by name, & told me he was going to ask me some questions, & if I did not give him true answers, he would blow my brains out. He then asked me similar questions to those above. He then orderd me to mount my Horse, after searching me for arms"My word, I did not know that. Thanks Sarah.
With a tip of the hat to William Jacobson over at Legal Insurrection.