Thursday, April 12, 2007

How accurate is history that is taught to US children?

Israel Bissell [more info from webpage where the below was found]

Israel Bissell (1752-1823) was a post-rider in Massachusetts born in East Windsor, Connecticut who alerted the colonists of the British attack on April 19, 1775. He rode for four days and six hours covering the 345 miles from Watertown, Massachusetts to Philadelphia along the Old Post Road. He was carrying a message from General Joseph Palmer. The message was copied at each of his stops, and he shouted "To arms, to arms, the war has begun."

Wednesday morning near 10 of the clock - Watertown. To all the friends of American liberty be it known that this morning before break of day, a brigade, consisting of about 1,000 to 1,200 men landed at Phip's Farm at Cambridge and marched to Lexington, where they found a company of our colony militia in arms, upon whom they fired without any provocation and killed six men and wounded four others. By an express from Boston, we find another brigade are now upon their march from Boston supposed to be about 1,000. The Bearer, Israel Bissell, is charged to alarm the country quite to Connecticut and all persons are desired to furnish him with fresh horses as they may be needed. I have spoken with several persons who have seen the dead and wounded. Pray let the delegates from this colony to Connecticut see this. J. Palmer, one of the Committee of Safety.

Bissell died in 1823 and was buried in the Maple Street Cemetery in Hinsdale, Massachusetts.


Bissell was mentioned in comedian Robert Wuhl's 2006 HBO special, "Assume The Position". Wuhl joked that his name sounded like a Jewish vacuum cleaner. In addition to that, Wuhl said that Paul Revere only went 19 miles from Boston to Cambridge, and that the only person he could have warned was the Dean of Harvard University.

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