Paul Revere should get off his high horse, say townsfolk here who prefer to honor one of Revere's forgotten colleagues.

In a simple ceremony Sunday, an honor guard of Boy Scouts laid a wreath on Israel Bissell's grave while a delegation from the local grange sang "God Bless America."History has been kind to Revere, whose 1775 gallop was immortalized in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poetry - despite the fact that the patriot got no more than 20 miles before being captured by the British.

It was left to the unheralded Bissell - a Berkshire farmer - to carry the "Call to Arms" to rebels in five colonies over the next five days.