Sarah Palin caused a media controversy on Thursday when she claimed American folk hero Paul Revere “warned the British” during his famous 1775 midnight ride. However, several Bostonian historical experts have stepped forward to defend Palin’s account.
“Basically when Paul Revere was stopped by the British, he did say to them, ‘Look, there is a mobilization going on that you’ll be confronting,’ and the British are aware as they’re marching down the countryside, they hear church bells ringing — she was right about that — and warning shots being fired. That’s accurate,” Boston University History professor Brendan McConville told the Boston Herald.
The newspaper also quoted Revere himself, who, in a 1798 letter, mentioned telling the British officers who captured him that “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time for I had alarmed the Country all the way up.”
“Patrick Leehey of the Paul Revere House said Revere was probably bluffing his British captors, but reluctantly conceded that it could be construed as Revere warning the British,” the article read.
“I suppose you could say that,” Leehey told the Herald.
William Jacobson, a law professor at New York’s Cornell University, has also been loud in his support of Palin in his blog.
“It seems to be a historical fact that this happened,” Jacobson said in a blog post. “A lot of the criticism is unfair and made by people who are themselves ignorant of history.”