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William Dawes, Jr
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-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 5, 2014
 

- Keeper of the Stars
 Added: Jul. 26, 2014
 

- Little_Storm
 Added: Apr. 5, 2014
 

- Lazer
 Added: Apr. 5, 2014
 
Thank you for your service to America.
- A patriot
 Added: Oct. 7, 2013
 
Thank you for your bravery!
- Butterflyy
 Added: Jun. 16, 2013
 

- sniksnak
 Added: Feb. 25, 2013
 
Thank you for your most valued service to our country. May you rest in peace.
- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: Apr. 5, 2012
 

- Patricia
 Added: Mar. 18, 2012
 
Thanks for your role in creatingAmerica!
- karl anglin
 Added: Jan. 30, 2012
 
I light a candle for William Dawes, Jr ...
- Candles
 Added: Jan. 21, 2012
 

- Darlene T.
 Added: Dec. 11, 2011
 

- Diddy & Doodle
 Added: Feb. 26, 2011
 

- Summer
 Added: Feb. 25, 2011
 
Thank you for your service to our country. Rest in peace.
- Robert Saulino, Sr.
 Added: Feb. 25, 2011
 
I'm in the 5th Grade and I am doing a report on you. You are in my text book and you are still remembered as one of our country's heroes.
- J. Hawkins
 Added: Jan. 19, 2011
 
To a Great American
- Dan Beach
 Added: Apr. 12, 2010
 
Thank you!
- LaDene
 Added: Feb. 25, 2010
 

- Satoris LeFier
 Added: Feb. 4, 2010
 

- LaDene
 Added: Jan. 17, 2010
 
Thank you sir for your service.
- LaDene
 Added: Sep. 26, 2009
 

- Mellissa Lake Co. Illinois
 Added: Jun. 30, 2009
 

- Tom Todd
 Added: Jun. 23, 2009
 

- Kathy Padgett Baker
 Added: Apr. 5, 2009
 

- tup tim
 Added: Apr. 5, 2009
 
"In 1775, before the battle of Lexington, William Dawes and Paul Revere were dispatched to rouse the country. Samuel Prescott joined in route. They ran into a British patrol and Revere was captured. Dawes and Prescott got away. Revere was held, but convinced the British that they were too late; the people were already aware and getting ready to defend them. His captors confirmed that he was indeed telling the truth and released him." This poem by John Hermanson, William Dawes Ride, remembers the events of the day and salutes the unsung heroes William Dawes and Mark the Slave. Listen my children in peace and aweOf the midnight ride of William Dawes,On the eighteenth of April in Seventy-five.Hardly a man who is listening hereRemembers Dawes' name before Paul Revere's. Billy Dawes: he sprang from patriot's blood,His grandfather head of the Caucus Club,With Otis and Adams and Hancock and all.They would meet in Dawes' garret awaiting a call. Young Billy he married a Roxbury gal,Mehitable May –he married well.Squire May's great house on the Boston Neck,And George's Tavern just over the line,Where Billy would go to tip a few;With Heath and Mears and the Roxbury Crew;Billy crossed over the neck ‘most every day'.He drank with the guards at the Boston Gate.They'd let him pass through even when it was late. By seventy-five the die was cast,But just to even the odds,Young Billy purloined in the darkest night,From the Ancient and Honorable Armory tightTwo canons they nicknamed the Hancock" and "Adams"To Waltham with them-that's part of the story:On the Nineteenth those canons brought Patriots' glory. Billy Dawes was well known in quite a few pubs;One night, the Sun Tavern where drunk, Brits caroused.Was he spying on Lobsters? Or was he but soused?Ask Joseph Warren, who got Billy's report:The Redcoats were marching on Concord in force. T'was April eighteen, and getting towards ten,When brave Joseph Warren at last gave his call.Ride to Roxbury, Brookline, Cambridge and all,Warn Adams and Hancock in Lexington, thenSave the gunpowder stored in Old Concord Town,And bring back the canons from Waltham tonight.We'll use them to give those damned Redcoats a fight.One went by land and one by sea,Two men on opposite shores would be:Revere would row across the Charles,And Dawes would ride through Roxbury. T'was late, and a curfew made it hard For Dawes to ride through Boston Streets,Then on to the Gate to Boston Neck."Who goes?' the British sentry cried."Tis I, old buddy," young Billy replied."The gate is closed" the sergeant said."Oh, let him through," another pleads,"It is only Billy Dawes." Past the wilds of the Neck, past George Tavern Dawes rode."Ring the toxin! Rouse the Heath! And spread the alarmTo every Norfolk and Suffolk village and farm!March to Concord," he cried "They need your help there."Then past the First Church and the Old Parting Stone,To the right, Muddy river, then on to the Charles.To the Great Bridge to Cambridge, there tear up the planksTo cut off a British retreat in their ranks.Then past Cambridge Common where hoof prints in brassToday mark the route to Menotomy's past. Revere got to Lexington faster than Dawes.Sam Adams and Hancock were wakened and warned,Then onward towards Concord rode Dawes and RevereWhen suddenly Brits in the road did appearTo seize Paul Revere and to give Dawes a chase.Billy gave them the slip and was soon in the clear. Then the church bells from Concord showed that town was aroused,So to Waltham instead for the canons Dawes Rode:Thus the "Adams" and "Hancock" came back to Great Bridge.Turned the flank of British defeat to a rout. Then how to judge Revere and Dawes? And How to judge their rides and deeds?They are the glory of our past,But also symbols of flaws. Billy Dawes had ridden ‘cross Boston Neck,Through the Gate, past gallows on Hangman's Bay,Where British hanged pirates and rebels alike,Left their bodies to rot warning to allWho would seek their own freedom from order and law. And over in Charlestown Paul Revere, tooHe rowed past a gibbet. On it hung a cage,Inside rotting remains of poor Mark the slave,Chains wrapt ‘round his corpse for all there to gauge,To set an example to those who might fight For freedom beyond what they rode tonight. Let us honor Revere, then, deserved of his fame.Let us honor Bill Dawes, ‘least remember his name.Let us honor , too, Mark ‘twas for freedom he died,While the other two lived to look back on their ride.
- Julie
 Added: Oct. 6, 2008
 

- Tom Cummings
 Added: Apr. 5, 2008
 
God bless America.
- Republican
 Added: Apr. 5, 2008
 
Glad I found you, GGGGG-grandpa! Thanks for all you did!
- Darlene Hinds-Wykoff
 Added: Jul. 22, 2007
 

- Jackie Howard
 Added: Apr. 5, 2007
 
Thank you. Rest in peace
- P.L.M.
 Added: Feb. 26, 2007
 
Not many remember Mr. Dawes was Revere's companion, and the two nearly escaped detection of the British ship, Somerset on that eve. Instead Revere, as most Americans are aware, was captured.But what happened to Dawes? Dawes married Mehitable May, his first wife in 1768. Upon now, there was a recent newspaper article in the Boston Globe, and it seems new evidance points to that Dawes was not buried in Kings Chapel.So, sir, rest assured we will remember your efforts along will Joseph Warren, who sent your comrade and you on a mission in 1775. Sleep well, and the S.O.t.R. will now be laughed at for their silly mistake.
- fishr
 Added: Feb. 25, 2007
 
You saved us!
- Jimmy
 Added: Feb. 18, 2007
 

- Jen Snoots
 Added: Feb. 10, 2007
 

- Wanderlust
 Added: Apr. 12, 2006
 
REPOSE EN PAIX!
- quebecoise
 Added: Mar. 4, 2006
 
Rest in peace
- P.L.M.
 Added: Feb. 25, 2006
 

- Elizabeth Reed
 Added: Dec. 31, 2005
 
Rest in peace Uncle Billy
- Carol Palmer
 Added: Dec. 28, 2003
 
You made most of the Midnight Ride and Paul got the credit in the poem.
-Anonymous
 Added: Jun. 28, 2003
 

- quebecoise
 Added: Mar. 29, 2003
 
I know about you, and you were a great man.
- Lizzie Jones
 Added: Jan. 8, 2003
 

- Dragon
 Added: Feb. 17, 2002
 

- grave hunter
 Added: Jan. 4, 2002
 

- Erik Lander
 Added: Nov. 3, 2001
 
 

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