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On Sunday, she insisted she was right about the purpose of Revere’s famous “midnight ride.”

“I know my American history,” she told Mr. Wallace.

The Colonists at the time of Revere’s ride were British subjects, with American independence still in the future. But Revere’s own writing and other historical accounts leave little doubt that secrecy was vital to his mission.

According to an undated letter posted by the Massachusetts Historical Society, Revere later wrote of the need to keep his activities secret - though he also told British soldiers who intercepted him on his way from Lexington to Concord that “there would be five hundred Americans there in a short time, for I had alarmed the country all the way up,” he wrote.