Media blows it on Paul Revere
You may have seen the stories (Globe, WBZ) about the deployment to Iraq of a certain Massachusetts Army unit that dates to before the Revolution and that was commanded by Paul Revere at the battles of Lexington and Concord back in the day.
J.L. Bell agrees it dates back to pre-Revolution days, but writes what any school kid (but not, apparently, local editors) should know: Revere
didn't lead any troops on Lexington Green. He was busy moving a trunk of papers that John Hancock had left behind. Revere never reached Concord at all that night. And he held no military rank or command in April 1775. ...