with messages from the Massachusetts committee of safety that the King in council had prohibited the importation of arms or military stores into the colonies, and that two regiments were forthwith to
Paul Revere bringing news to Sullivan. march from Boston to occupy Portsmouth and the fort in its harbor.
After baiting his wearied beast, Revere rode on to Portsmouth.
In Sullivan's mind the hour had evidently come for decisive action.
The story of what followed is briefly told by Eleazer Bennett, the survivor before mentioned: I was working for Major Sullivan, he said, when Micah Davis came up and told me Major Sullivan wanted me to go to Portsmouth, and to get all the men I could to go with him. The men who went, as far as I can remember, were Maj. John Sullivan, Capt. Winborn Adams, Ebenezer Thompson, John Demeritt, Alpheus and Jonathan Chesley, John Spencer, Micah Davis, Isaac and Benjamin Small, of Durham; Ebenezer Sullivan, Captain Langdon, and Thomas Pickering, of Port