WASHINGTON (AP) - Sarah Palin says she didn't mess up her history on Paul Revere.
The potential 2012 presidential candidate was in Boston on Thursday as part of her bus tour when she was asked about the Revolutionary War hero.
Palin said Revere "warned the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms."
Palin, a paid Fox News contributor, told "Fox News Sunday" that she was correct. She says there were British soldiers in the area for years before Revere's legendary ride, and that he was warning them, as well as his fellow colonists.
The Paul Revere House's website says that on April 18, 1775, Dr. Joseph Warren instructed Revere to ride to Lexington, Mass., to warn Samuel Adams and John Hancock that British troops were marching to arrest them.
It would have been stupid to try to warn the Redcoats, whether you were pro or con. The Army already knew that the colonists were armed; it was a necessity because of the French-and-Indian wars. In fact, that was the main reason for keeping a standing army in New England-to defend the colonists, not to "take away our freedoms." And, Paul Revere didn't "warn the British," he snitched on the rebels because of the threat of death as a seditious "enemy combatant."