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 Portsmouth; John Griffin, James Underwood, and Alexander Scammell.
We took a gondola belonging to Benjamin Mathes, who was too old to go, and went down the river to Portsmouth.
It was a clear, cold, moonlight night.
We sailed down to the fort at the mouth of Piscataqua Harbor.
The water was so shallow that we could not bring the boat to wit