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Americans know the story of “Paul Revere’s Ride” well—it’s a story told time and time again, one that’s been honored by famed poets like Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and shared by historians, teachers, and everyone in between. Yet Paul Revere had some help during his famed horseback ride, and his right-hand companion was William Dawes, a fellow Patriot. Dawes had perhaps an even more important task: he was to ride from Boston to Lexington, where he would warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams that they were in danger of arrest.
So, William Dawes took off alongside Paul Revere on the night of April 18, 1775, helping to cover the cities a single rider couldn't reach on his own. The men, armed with the knowledge that the British were arriving on the American shore and heading into Massachusetts through the port of Boston, rode by horseback to nearby cities to warn citizens and mobilize the colonial town militias, lighting warning lanterns along the way. Dawes headed straight for Lexington, where he warned both Hancock and Adams to leave town immediately, fulfilling his patriotic duty and saving famous American figures from potential death. William Dawes didn’t stop there, though. As soon as Revere entered Lexington, the two men joined forces and continued to ride to warn even more towns.
Together, William Dawes and Paul Revere shared a crucial and vital warning that changed the course of the American Revolution. That midnight ride allowed the colonists to gather their militias and join together in a larger force, prepared for the very first battle of the Revolutionary War and their first victory as a country at war. Though many more recent accounts of the ride highlight only Paul Revere and not the incredible bravery of Dawes, he’s a man history has to thank for America’s victory.
An exclusive piece in our Heritage Costumes Patriotic collection of quality costume clothing based on famous figures of the American Revolution, this children’s William Dawes costume is authentic to the 1700s and the attire worn by the political activist and famed night rider during the revolutionary and colonial era. You’ll look just like William Dawes himself when you don this historically accurate costume set. Included is a long-sleeved colonial shirt, a black colonial waistcoat (or vest), and a pair of matching colonial knee breeches (also known as knickers).
Of course, every revolutionary fighting for the colonies’ independence needs a few accessories, too. William Dawes made history wearing his attire with his colonial hat and matching boot spats. If you’d like to enhance your attire with our Heritage Costume accessories (which are not included with the purchase of this costume), you can pair this costume outfit with these options from our wide selection of added details to create your very own personalized costume.
This high-quality William Dawes costume can be used for historical school events, play, or simply a fun day of pretending to be a revolutionary rider throughout Massachusetts during the 18th-century colonial era. Made with pride and care right in the United States, this kids’ William Dawes patriotic costume is built to last.
America's "Founding Fathers" are some of the most prominent statesmen of America's revolutionary generation, responsible for the successful war for colonial independence from Great Britain.
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