By: JOHN MILNE, Lobby Contributor I am not in the habit of defending Sarah Palin, the political celebrity who served briefly as governor of Alaska and as the 2008 Republican vice-presidential candidate. But I decline to join my colleagues in the lamestream media who ridiculed Palin's interpretation of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. Palin came to New Hampshire last week as part of a bus tour of historic American sites in which she parried questions about whether she would run for president in 2012. In a televised interview, Palin said of Revere: "He who warned the British that they weren't going to be taking away our arms by ringing those bells and making sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be secure and we were going to be free." Palin appears to be referring to incidents that were not mentioned in the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a distant relative of Revere's. A modern historian, William Hallihan, tells the story in the 2000 book, "The Day the Revolution Began." A British Army unit, the 5th Foot, arrested Revere that night. Major Edward Mitchell held a pistol to Revere's head. "The prisoner," Hallihan wrote, "shocked Mitchell by admitting that he was indeed the notorious radical Paul Revere. He then informed Mitchell that the British Regulars were on the move and gave more details than Mitchell had. He also warned Mitchell that the army was marching into a trap because the militia throughout the whole countryside had been alerted. Soon, [Revere] warned, more than 300 militia would muster in Lexington alone. Since Mitchell and his men had heard the sounds of alarm shots and warning church bells clanging in the night, they were convinced." (p. 27) Mitchell took his troops back to Boston. Palin may have mixed up the analysis in an effort to emphasize the militia defending their right to bear arms, but Hallihan's account suggests the Republican knew more of the details than those folks whose knowledge of Paul Revere is limited to the Longfellow poem."I didn't mess up about Paul Revere," Palin told Fox News on Sunday. Listen to that, my children.