Much has been made about Sarah Palin’s comment that American hero Paul Revere “warned the British that they weren’t going to be taking away our arms,” with many in the media deriding the comment as inaccurate. However, a number of historians in Massachusetts, where Revere made his famous ride, have backed up the former Alaska Governor’s story.
In a 1798 letter, Revere said that he rode to Lexington to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that the British Army was coming to arrest them both, reports the Boston Herald.
In the same letter, Revere also states that he told the British once he was captured that “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time” because he had “alarmed” them to their presence.
“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 news source.
A number of fact checking Websites have also confirmed Palin’s account of Revere’s famous ride.