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September 2017

 Here are two poems that correct the false history propagated in Longfellow's poem by acknowledging Israel Bissell as a hero of the Revolutionary War.Israel Bissell’s Ride by Gerard ChapmanListen, my children, and you shall hear Of Israel Bissell of yesteryear: A poet-less patriot whose fame, I fear, Was eclipsed by that of Paul Revere.He lacks the renown that accrued to Revere For no rhymester wrote ballad to blazon his fame; But Bissell accomplished—and isn’t it queer?— A feat that