Paul Revere: Treason Trial - WAS IT COWARDICE?

Castine remained in British hands throughout the entire war.

American patriots, captured when British soldiers burned their mid-coast villages, were forced to build the rest of Ft. George. The entire expedition was an unmitigated embarrassment and disaster.

Back home, Paul Revere was charged with cowardice and insubordination. He was, after all, commander of the land artillery that was never used until it was too late.

Revere stood trial in a court martial proceeding.  By the time the event actually occurred, the war was over.  Only two charges remained:

  • For his refusal to deliver a certain Boat to the order of General Wadsworth when upon the Retreat up Penobscot River, from Major Bagwaduce.
  • For his leaving Penobscot River without Orders from his Commanding Officer.

He was acquitted in 1782, but his honor was forever tarnished.

Leaving a career in the military was easy for Revere to do. He returned to the trade he had learned from his father and became a famous silversmith.

Revere died when he was 83. His final resting place is the Old Granary Burying Ground in Boston.

Author: Carole D. Bos, J.D. 3706

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