Paul Revere is connected with the events surrounding the battle at Lexington and the battle at Concord. The colonists believed the British were going to move their army from Boston into the countryside. The British wanted to capture Sam Adams and John Hancock because they believed these men were the ringleaders of the opposition to the British. When the British moved out of Boston, Paul Revere and William Dawes went to alert Sam Adams and John Hancock that the British were on the way. They also alerted the militia to be ready to fight.
The next morning, the colonists were ready for the British when they were in Lexington. The colonists and the British began fighting. After the battle at Lexington, the British moved to Concord to destroy a courthouse where they believed the colonists had stored ammunition. On the way back to Boston, the colonists attacked the British as they formally marched back. Both sides suffered casualties in these battles. The Revolutionary War had unofficially begun.