Conservapedia Rides to Paul Revere’s Rescue
Conservapedia, an online repository of the scientific and historical archives of Counter-Earth, has a very brief entry that seems to support Sarah Palin’s whimsical retconning of the Midnight Ride:
Paul Revere (1734-1818) was a silversmith in colonial America who was very active in Boston-area revolutionary groups such as the Sons of Liberty. He is famous for riding from Boston to Lexington, Massachusetts with William Dawes on the night of April 18, 1775 to warn the minutemen that British troops led by General Thomas Gage were invading. Part of the purpose of the ride was to warn the British that colonists would exercise their gun rights. Revere was captured before he could reach Concord, but managed to escape. His midnight ride was immortalized by a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.
As is often the case with Wiki-style collaborative projects, however, the truly illuminating nugget of scholarship here was supplied by a lone Public Editor:
Actually, Revere was captured early on. Other riders sent out the warning, but Revere had a name that was easy to rhyme. Czolgolz 14:21, 17 April 2007 (EDT)
Meanwhile, as YAFB noted on an earlier thread, Palin supporters have launched a concerted assault on the Wikipedia write-up for Paul Revere, and hilarity ensues.