There began their midnight march to Lexington
, both to capture Hancock
and to destroy the Provincial stores
The expedition was intended to be secret.
To prevent his movements from becoming known, General Gage
sent out ten or more sergeants, posted along the highways in Cambridge
and toward Concord
It was while the troops at rest on the Cambridge
shore were receiving a day's rations and thirty-six rounds of ammunition that Revere
started from the Charlestown
shore, mounted on Deacon Larkin
's best horse.
He had gone beyond Charlestown Neck, along the Cambridge
road to the point where Crescent street now joins Washington street in Somerville
, when he caught sight of two British officers halted in the shadows by the roadside.
his horse, he dashed back along the road to the Neck and turned into the Mystic
road, now Broadway
and Main street in Somerville
, and Main street in Medford
It was the two British officers who intercepted Revere
on his intended route to Cambridge
that caused him to make the detour through Medford
It is because of those unknown soldiers of the night, lurking in the shadows of the road, that in Medford
and at the house of Isaac Hall was sounded the first alarm on that ride.
It was one o'clock before the British
column left the Charles river
By that time Revere
was in Lexington
, and one hour earlier than that Medford
had the news that the British
By two o'clock the King
's men were in the present Union square, Somerville
By three o'clock, coming up the Lexington
road, now Massachusetts avenue, they had halted at the present Arlington
Indeed, the Sons of Liberty were aware of the intended march even before the troops themselves.
In more than one house along the route, as the steady tramp of the advancing column awakened the householders, they peered out upon the strange sight of the passing red coats.
Signal guns and alarm bells rapidly spread the