Handy Quick List: 75 Kentucky Newspapers Now Online

GenealogyBank is growing at a rapid pace—we now have over 75 Kentucky newspapers online. That’s a lot of local city papers for your ancestry research in the “Bluegrass State.”

Here is the complete list of KY newspapers currently available in our archives. Easily search newspapers from Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green and more popular KY cities online.

Bookmark this list of Kentucky newspapers that is frequently updated to stay abreast of newly added titles.

City

Title

Date Range

Collection

Ashland Daily Independent 5/12/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Bardstown Kentucky Standard 9/29/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Bardstown Western American 9/6/1803 – 12/21/1804 Historical Newspapers
Bedford Trimble Banner 9/29/2010 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Bowling Green Daily News 7/2/1999 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Campbellsville Central Kentucky News-Journal 10/3/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Carrollton Carrollton News-Democrat 7/14/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Columbia Adair Progress 4/27/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Corbin News Journal 1/4/2012 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Corbin Times-Tribune 5/15/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Covington Kentucky Post 4/2/1990 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Cynthiana Cynthiana Democrat 10/8/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Danville Advocate-Messenger 8/1/2003 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Danville Mirror 9/3/1804 – 10/24/1804 Historical Newspapers
Danville People’s Friend 1/30/1819 – 1/30/1819 Historical Newspapers
Elizabethtown News-Enterprise 4/30/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Frankfort Frankfort Argus 2/3/1808 – 11/12/1834 Historical Newspapers
Frankfort Kentucky Journal 12/5/1795 – 12/5/1795 Historical Newspapers
Frankfort Palladium 12/25/1798 – 9/6/1816 Historical Newspapers
Frankfort Western World 7/7/1806 – 6/8/1810 Historical Newspapers
Georgetown Telegraph 9/25/1811 – 12/22/1813 Historical Newspapers
Glasgow Glasgow Daily Times 2/9/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Grayson, Olive Hill Journal-Times 7/5/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Harlan Harlan Daily Enterprise 1/24/2003 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Harrodsburg Kentucky People 3/18/1870 – 8/25/1871 Historical Newspapers
Hazard Hazard Herald 10/2/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Henderson Gleaner 4/14/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Hodgenville Larue County Herald News 11/26/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
LaGrange Oldham Era 10/17/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Lancaster Political Theatre 11/18/1808 – 7/26/1809 Historical Newspapers
Lawrenceburg Anderson News 1/2/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Lebanon Lebanon Enterprise 11/20/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Leitchfield Grayson County News Gazette 10/2/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Leitchfield Record 8/20/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Lexington Kentucky Gazette 3/15/1794 – 12/28/1837 Historical Newspapers
Lexington Lexington Herald 3/20/1904 – 12/31/1922 Historical Newspapers
Lexington Lexington Herald-Leader 1/25/1984 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Lexington Lexington Standard 1/27/1900 – 1/27/1900 Historical Newspapers
Lexington Morning Herald 1/1/1896 – 3/19/1904 Historical Newspapers
Lexington Reporter 3/12/1808 – 12/25/1820 Historical Newspapers
Lexington Stewart Kentucky Herald 7/14/1795 – 9/15/1801 Historical Newspapers
Lexington True American 6/3/1845 – 10/21/1846 Historical Newspapers
Lexington Western Monitor 8/3/1814 – 12/20/1817 Historical Newspapers
Liberty Casey County News 8/27/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
London Sentinel Echo 9/18/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Louisville Bulletin 9/24/1881 – 9/24/1881 Historical Newspapers
Louisville Louisville Eccentric Observer 4/21/2004 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Louisville Ohio Falls Express 7/11/1891 – 7/11/1891 Historical Newspapers
Louisville Weekly Courier-Journal 5/19/1879 – 7/29/1889 Historical Newspapers
Louisville Western Courier 11/16/1813 – 9/26/1816 Historical Newspapers
Madisonville Messenger 5/14/1999 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Maysville Eagle 1/19/1815 – 3/27/1818 Historical Newspapers
Maysville Ledger Independent 7/11/2002 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Middlesboro Middlesboro Daily News 5/31/2004 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Monticello Wayne County Outlook 7/3/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Morehead Morehead News 8/31/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
New Castle Henry County Local 10/9/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Nicholasville Jessamine Journal 10/8/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Owensboro Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer 9/1/1988 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Owenton Owenton News-Herald 1/12/2011 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Paris Western Citizen 12/24/1808 – 12/27/1815 Historical Newspapers
Prestonsburg Floyd County Times 10/2/2009 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Richmond Globe 1/24/1810 – 10/17/1810 Historical Newspapers
Richmond Richmond Register 7/15/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Russellville Mirror 11/1/1806 – 12/1/1807 Historical Newspapers
Russellville News-Democrat & Leader 10/29/2001 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Russellville Weekly Messenger 1/26/1819 – 12/19/1820 Historical Newspapers
Shelbyville Sentinel-News 10/10/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Shepherdsville Pioneer News 10/8/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Somerset Commonwealth-Journal 8/5/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Springfield Springfield Sun 7/8/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Stanford Interior Journal 8/31/2005 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Taylorsville Spencer Magnet 7/18/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Washington Republican Auxiliary 8/15/1807 – 8/15/1807 Historical Newspapers
Washington Union 3/8/1814 – 5/9/1817 Historical Newspapers
Whitley City McCreary County Record 6/7/2007 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Williamstown Grant County News and Express 4/15/2008 – Current Newspaper Obituaries
Winchester Winchester Sun 8/25/2006 – Current Newspaper Obituaries

 

 

 

Millions of New Newspaper Records Added in January

GenealogyBank adds new content daily to its U.S. newspaper archives, an expansive online collection of 5,850 newspapers and more than one billion articles and records—and growing!

January 2012 was one of our best months ever: GenealogyBank added 31 million digitized records with newspapers from 31 states to our archives for you to search online. Here is a listing of all of January’s newspaper content additions.

State City Title Coverage  
Alabama Mobile Mobile Register 07/01/1858–10/31/1869
Alaska Bethel Delta Discovery, The* 07/15/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Daily News 01/07/1909–04/08/1909
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Evening Sun 12/08/1906–12/23/1922
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Sun 05/31/1922–05/31/1922
Arkansas Jonesboro Jonesboro Weekly Times-Enterprise 05/10/1906–05/10/1906
Arkansas Little Rock Arkansas Democrat-Gazette* 10/30/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Arkansas Little Rock Arkansas Gazette 11/20/1819–11/01/1908
Arkansas Siloam Springs Siloam Springs Herald-Leader, The* 11/16/2011–Current Obituaries Only
California El Centro Imperial Valley Press* 01/02/2001–Current Obituaries Only
California Riverside Riverside Daily Press 7/1/1939–2/8/1949
California San Diego Evening Tribune 1/1/1900–10/24/1932
California San Diego San Diego Union 4/3/1912–6/30/1965
Colorado Denver Denver Post 3/8/1906–3/8/1906
Colorado Denver Denver Rocky Mountain News 10/2/1880–12/25/1922
Colorado Denver Rocky Mountain News 4/23/1859–4/19/1862
Connecticut Hartford American Mercury 01/19/1830–06/25/1833
Connecticut Hartford Connecticut Courant 02/19/1842–12/23/1843
Connecticut Hartford Times 2/27/1836–8/5/1837
Connecticut Litchfield Litchfield Republican 05/04/1848–09/28/1855
Connecticut New Haven Columbian Register 01/08/1831–09/13/1851
Connecticut Norwich Norwich Aurora 01/02/1858–12/24/1873
Delaware Wilmington Delaware Gazette 04/11/1787–10/31/1787
District of Columbia Washington United States Telegraph 05/21/1827–07/07/1829
Florida Pensacola Pensacola Gazette* 01/14/1843–03/25/1848
Florida Tampa Tampa Tribune 3/17/1929–10/7/1931
Georgia Augusta Augusta Chronicle 01/21/1792–12/31/1922
Georgia Augusta Daily Constitutionalist* 05/14/1840–04/09/1861
Georgia Marietta Marietta Journal 10/14/1979–9/9/1985
Georgia Milledgeville Georgia Journal 07/02/1822–03/08/1832
Georgia Savannah Daily Georgian 09/16/1826–07/19/1832
Idaho Idaho Falls Idaho Register 08/05/1892–08/05/1892
Idaho Twin Falls Twin Falls News 09/17/1920–09/17/1920
Illinois Niles Bugle, The* 08/18/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Illinois Rockford Register Star 3/31/2007–5/30/2007
Illinois Rockford Register-Republic 6/21/1957–6/21/1957
Illinois Shorewood Shorewood Sentinel, The* 06/13/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Illinois Springfield Illinois State Register* 11/13/1840–12/27/1844
Iowa Forest City Britt News Tribune* 03/20/2003–Current Obituaries Only
Kentucky Maysville Ledger Independent, The* 07/11/2002–Current Obituaries Only
Louisiana Baton Rouge Advocate 6/29/1945–12/31/1985
Louisiana Baton Rouge Daily Advocate 9/8/1869–3/27/1883
Louisiana Baton Rouge State Times Advocate 1/7/1922–8/25/1922
Louisiana New Orleans Courrier de la Louisiane 01/06/1823–01/14/1824
Louisiana New Orleans Times-Picayune 04/26/1901–05/21/1914
Massachusetts Boston Boston Commercial Gazette 04/16/1835–01/23/1840
Massachusetts Boston Boston Courier 1/2/1845–7/17/1845
Massachusetts Boston Boston Herald 7/4/1893–12/6/1907
Massachusetts Boston Repertory 1/11/1821–3/27/1821
Massachusetts Boston Saturday Morning Transcript* 02/07/1835–12/29/1838
Massachusetts Boston Weekly Messenger 03/03/1831–03/03/1831
Massachusetts Nantucket Nantucket Inquirer 04/22/1826–12/04/1841
Massachusetts New Bedford New-Bedford Mercury 01/02/1857–12/31/1869
Massachusetts Newburyport Newburyport Herald 02/07/1834–01/03/1837
Massachusetts Northampton Hampshire Gazette 01/04/1826–09/02/1840
Massachusetts Salem Salem Register 11/18/1841–8/4/1856
Massachusetts Springfield Hampden Whig 02/24/1830–09/27/1837
Massachusetts Springfield Springfield Union 1/1/1913–3/31/1915
Massachusetts West Springfield American Intelligencer 08/09/1796–08/09/1796
Massachusetts Worcester Massachusetts Spy 03/14/1821–12/31/1869
Massachusetts Worcester National Aegis 10/23/1822–12/23/1876
Michigan Charlevoix Charlevoix Courier* 01/02/2009–Current Obituaries Only
Michigan Jackson Jackson Citizen 01/08/1897–04/23/1897
Michigan Kalamazoo Kalamazoo Gazette 07/21/1876–07/21/1876
Michigan Petoskey Petoskey News-Review* 04/16/2001–Current Obituaries Only
Minnesota Winona Winona Daily News* 05/15/2001–Current Obituaries Only
Nebraska Beatrice Beatrice Daily Sun* 06/10/2002–Current Obituaries Only
Nebraska Omaha Omaha World Herald 12/15/1957–12/25/1983
New Hampshire Concord New-Hampshire Patriot 2/20/1861–2/20/1861
New Hampshire Portsmouth Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics 01/07/1860–09/28/1872
New Jersey Morristown Genius of Liberty 10/25/1798–04/11/1805
New Jersey Trenton Trenton Evening Times 03/14/1916–06/29/1916
New Jersey Trenton True American 12/29/1801–12/14/1812
New York Albany Albany Argus 01/03/1823–04/30/1869
New York Auburn Auburn Journal and Advertiser* 05/31/1837–12/30/1846
New York Cazenovia Pilot 05/13/1818–11/28/1822
New York New York Commercial Advertiser 04/04/1821–11/21/1876
New York New York New York Herald 4/14/1876–4/14/1876
New York New York New York Herald-Tribune 12/24/1887–12/24/1887
New York New York New-York Gazette 03/03/1803–03/04/1803
New York New York Spectator 04/30/1842–08/18/1851
New York New York Weekly Visitor 11/03/1822–04/26/1823
New York Saratoga Springs Saratoga Sentinel 5/9/1826–3/14/1837
New York Syracuse Post-Standard, The: Blogs* 02/18/2011–Current Obituaries Only
North Carolina Cary Cary News, The* 02/13/2011–Current Obituaries Only
North Carolina Fayetteville Carolina Observer* 12/09/1824–11/04/1830
North Carolina Smithfield Smithfield Herald, The* 01/19/2011–Current Obituaries Only
North Carolina Winston-Salem Winston-Salem Journal 5/30/1917–4/28/1928
North Carolina Zebulon Eastern Wake News* 01/19/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Ohio Canton Repository 9/1/1939–9/22/1939
Ohio Chillicothe Supporter and Scioto Gazette* 02/21/1821–02/08/1827
Ohio Cleveland Plain Dealer 07/23/1847–11/05/1922
Oregon Portland Oregonian 08/04/1904–08/04/1904
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Harrisburg Republican 12/17/1816–07/17/1818
Pennsylvania Harrisburg Patriot 01/01/1866–12/19/1912
Pennsylvania Philadelphia National Gazette 9/20/1827–6/9/1835
Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philadelphia Inquirer 02/04/1830–05/28/1859
Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Tree of Liberty 02/22/1801–10/16/1802
Pennsylvania Somerset Daily American, The* 01/12/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Pennsylvania Washington Washington Reporter 01/01/1821–06/16/1869
South Carolina Charleston Charleston Courier 07/08/1822–04/25/1872
South Carolina Charleston Charleston Mercury 04/18/1860–07/11/1868
South Carolina Charleston South-Carolina State-Gazette 9/24/1801–9/24/1801
Texas Dallas Dallas Morning News 11/16/1983–4/20/1984
Texas Lexington Lexington Leader* 04/09/2009–Current Obituaries Only
Texas Marble Falls River Cities Daily Tribune, The* 02/25/2010–Current Obituaries Only
Texas Texarkana Texarkana Gazette* 10/28/2011–Current Obituaries Only
Vermont Brattleboro Vermont Phoenix 2/23/1866–12/14/1866
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Daily Messenger 04/24/1861–10/23/1872
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Messenger 10/10/1850–09/29/1921
Vermont St. Albans St. Albans Transcript* 04/05/1873–04/05/1873
Vermont Windsor Vermont Journal 02/15/1862–02/15/1862
Vermont Windsor Vermont Republican 01/01/1821–05/10/1828
Virginia Alexandria Alexandria Gazette 01/02/1823–03/31/1870
Virginia Norfolk Norfolk Gazette and Publick Ledger 07/17/1804–09/17/1816
Virginia Richmond Richmond Enquirer 07/29/1867–04/28/1870
Virginia Richmond Richmond Times Dispatch 9/15/1929–3/3/1930
Virginia Richmond Richmond Whig 02/16/1833–12/29/1874
Virginia Richmond Virginia Patriot 04/27/1814–04/27/1814
Wisconsin Chippewa Falls Chippewa Herald, The* 01/30/1999–Current Obituaries Only

 

Listen my children and you shall hear…

“Bloody News – This town has been in a Continental Alarm since Mid-day ….. the attack began at Lexington (about 12 miles from Boston) by the regular troops, the 18th Infantry before sunrise…From thence they proceeded to Concord where they made a general attack…”

Stirring news – as gripping as a bulletin on TV.

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April 19, 1775 – Attack on Lexington & Concord

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

Then he said “Good-night!” and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the somber rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,–
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, “All is well!”
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,–
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse’s side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and somber and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,
A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock
When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,
When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere

GenealogyBank adds 17 newspapers from 10 States

GenealogyBank adds 17 newspapers from 10 States.

Arizona, Glendale. Glendale Star. Weekly. 12/13/2002 – Current
Arizona, Glendale. Peoria Times. Weekly. 01/17/2003 – Current

Georgia, Atlanta. Atlanta Jewish Times. Weekly. 01/11/2008 – Current

Indiana, Goshen. Goshen News. Daily. 11/10/2007 – Current
Indiana, Lebanon. Reporter. Daily. 06/25/2008 – Current
Indiana, Shelbyville. Shelbyville News. Daily. 06/02/2009 – Current

Kansas, Derby. Derby Reporter. Daily. 09/06/2000 – 12/30/2008
Kansas, Pratt. Pratt Tribune. Daily. 07/28/1999 – Current
Kansas, Wellington. Wellington Daily News. Daily. 04/04/2001 – Current

Kentucky, Somerset. Commonwealth-Journal. Daily. 08/12/2008 – Current
Kentucky, Taylorsville. Spencer Magnet. Weekly. 11/12/2008 – Current

Louisiana, Sulphur. Southwest Daily News. Daily. 03/26/2003 – Current

Maryland, Elkton. Cecil Whig. Daily. 01/06/2005 – Current

Massachusetts, Haverhill. Haverhill Gazette. Weekly. 01/10/2008 – Current
Massachusetts, Norwood. Norwood Bulletin. Weekly. 05/17/2007 – Current

Oklahoma, Norman. Norman Transcript. Daily. 06/06/2008 – Current

Washington, Aberdeen. Daily World. Daily. 01/20/2005 – Current

Patriot’s Day – Read the news as they read it.

“Bloody News – This town has been in a Continental Alarm since Mid-day ….. the attack began at Lexington (about 12 miles from Boston) by the regular troops, the 18th Infantry before sunrise…From thence they proceeded to Concord where they made a general attack…”

Stirring news – as gripping as a bulletin on TV.

Thanks to GenealogyBank we can read the same newspapers our ancestors read and feel the impact of the news as they lived it. No other site has the depth of coverage found on GenealogyBank.
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April 19, 1775 – Attack on Lexington & Concord NH Gazette & Historical Chronicle. 21 April 1775). April 19, 1775 – Attack on Lexington & Concord Thomas Jay Kemp “Bloody News – This town has been in a Continental Alarm since Mid-day ….. the attack began at Lexington (about 12 miles from Boston) by the regular troops, the 18th Infantry before sunrise…From thence they proceeded to Concord where they made a general attack…”NH Gazette & Historical Chronicle. 21 April 1775. Stirring news – as gripping as a bulletin on TV. Thanks to GenealogyBank.com we can read the same newspapers our ancestors read and feel the impact of the news as they lived it. No other site has the depth of coverage found on GenealogyBank.comSign-up now.

The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Listen my children and you shall hear
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five;
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.

He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,
One if by land, and two if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.”

Then he said “Good-night!” and with muffled oar
Silently rowed to the Charlestown shore,
Just as the moon rose over the bay,
Where swinging wide at her moorings lay
The Somerset, British man-of-war;
A phantom ship, with each mast and spar
Across the moon like a prison bar,
And a huge black hulk, that was magnified
By its own reflection in the tide.

Meanwhile, his friend through alley and street
Wanders and watches, with eager ears,
Till in the silence around him he hears
The muster of men at the barrack door,
The sound of arms, and the tramp of feet,
And the measured tread of the grenadiers,
Marching down to their boats on the shore.

Then he climbed the tower of the Old North Church,
By the wooden stairs, with stealthy tread,
To the belfry chamber overhead,
And startled the pigeons from their perch
On the sombre rafters, that round him made
Masses and moving shapes of shade,–
By the trembling ladder, steep and tall,
To the highest window in the wall,
Where he paused to listen and look down
A moment on the roofs of the town
And the moonlight flowing over all.

Beneath, in the churchyard, lay the dead,
In their night encampment on the hill,
Wrapped in silence so deep and still
That he could hear, like a sentinel’s tread,
The watchful night-wind, as it went
Creeping along from tent to tent,
And seeming to whisper, “All is well!”
A moment only he feels the spell
Of the place and the hour, and the secret dread
Of the lonely belfry and the dead;
For suddenly all his thoughts are bent
On a shadowy something far away,
Where the river widens to meet the bay,–
A line of black that bends and floats
On the rising tide like a bridge of boats.

Meanwhile, impatient to mount and ride,
Booted and spurred, with a heavy stride
On the opposite shore walked Paul Revere.
Now he patted his horse’s side,
Now he gazed at the landscape far and near,
Then, impetuous, stamped the earth,
And turned and tightened his saddle girth;
But mostly he watched with eager search
The belfry tower of the Old North Church,
As it rose above the graves on the hill,
Lonely and spectral and sombre and still.
And lo! as he looks, on the belfry’s height
A glimmer, and then a gleam of light!
He springs to the saddle, the bridle he turns,
But lingers and gazes, till full on his sight
A second lamp in the belfry burns.

A hurry of hoofs in a village street,

A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark,
And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a spark
Struck out by a steed flying fearless and fleet;
That was all! And yet, through the gloom and the light,
The fate of a nation was riding that night;
And the spark struck out by that steed, in his flight,
Kindled the land into flame with its heat.
He has left the village and mounted the steep,
And beneath him, tranquil and broad and deep,
Is the Mystic, meeting the ocean tides;
And under the alders that skirt its edge,
Now soft on the sand, now loud on the ledge,
Is heard the tramp of his steed as he rides.

It was twelve by the village clock

When he crossed the bridge into Medford town.
He heard the crowing of the cock,
And the barking of the farmer’s dog,
And felt the damp of the river fog,
That rises after the sun goes down.

It was one by the village clock,

When he galloped into Lexington.
He saw the gilded weathercock
Swim in the moonlight as he passed,
And the meeting-house windows, black and bare,
Gaze at him with a spectral glare,
As if they already stood aghast
At the bloody work they would look upon.

It was two by the village clock,
When he came to the bridge in Concord town.
He heard the bleating of the flock,
And the twitter of birds among the trees,
And felt the breath of the morning breeze
Blowing over the meadow brown.
And one was safe and asleep in his bed
Who at the bridge would be first to fall,
Who that day would be lying dead,
Pierced by a British musket ball.

You know the rest. In the books you have read
How the British Regulars fired and fled,
How the farmers gave them ball for ball,
From behind each fence and farmyard wall,
Chasing the redcoats down the lane,
Then crossing the fields to emerge again
Under the trees at the turn of the road,
And only pausing to fire and load.

So through the night rode Paul Revere;
And so through the night went his cry of alarm
To every Middlesex village and farm,
A cry of defiance, and not of fear,
A voice in the darkness, a knock at the door,
And a word that shall echo for evermore!
For, borne on the night-wind of the Past,
Through all our history, to the last,
In the hour of darkness and peril and need,
The people will waken and listen to hear
The hurrying hoof-beats of that steed,
And the midnight message of Paul Revere.