Old Salt 2012/07/04 17:59:44

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration
of Independence?

Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they

Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons

Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary

They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes,and their sacred

What kind of men were they?

Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists. Eleven were merchants, nine were farmers
and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the
Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death
if they were captured.

Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept
from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his
debts, and died in rags.

Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his
family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family
was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his

Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall,Clymer, Walton,
Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General
Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly
urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and
Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife,
and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13
children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste.
For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his
wife dead and his children vanished.

So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently
thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.


Ps. Thank You 56 Lady for sending this to me!

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  • Pakki 2012/07/13 02:47:36
    they also had all their property and bank accounts in England seized
  • LibertyCaroline 2012/07/06 03:52:37
    Hell of a price to pay. I think they would be disappointed with what we have done with their sacrifice.
  • snell/GOD & COUNTRY-zero cl... 2012/07/06 03:49:08 (edited)
  • bill 2012/07/06 02:25:18
    U.S. policy has been far more welcoming towards
    Cubans than to any other migrants from Latin America. Virtually all Cuban
    migrants have been admitted under a special parole power exercised by the U.S.
    Attorney General that immediately grants them full legal status and puts them on
    a path to U.S. citizenship. Under current U.S. policy, Cuban migrants
    who are able to reach U.S.soil are allowed to stay.

    Illegal Mexicans can also get some freedom for free! freedom
  • Red Branch 2012/07/06 00:42:08
    Red Branch
    Thanks, great post.
  • texasred 2012/07/06 00:02:00
    Thank you to our Founding Fathers and our military... who continue to fight for our freedom and the right of others to be free.
  • WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA 2012/07/05 23:59:26
    WhereIsAmerica? ~PWCM~JLA
    Thank you Patriots!

  • CHUCK 2012/07/05 23:49:11

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  • Maddog 2012/07/05 20:02:00
    To find men with that type of intestinal fortitude today would be like Diogenes search for an honest man!
  • cowboy 2012/07/05 18:52:44
    Thanks, Old Salt.
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/07/05 16:23:01
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    They were extraordinary men who did give their all. Imagine what our politicians would do with that kind of power today? Do you think they'd set up a government to give power to the people or would they create tyrannical rule. I say the latter. We've created a monster, it's called men using government for power.
  • ronbo 2012/07/05 16:11:12
    I just hope all the sacrifices made weren,t in vain with the direction the country is going in.
  • Wayne 2012/07/05 15:15:39
    These men are pure courage and conviction and should be admired and respected by all! Happy INDEPENDENCE DAY!
  • FeedFwd... Wayne 2012/07/05 16:25:29
    FeedFwd ~POTL
    They feared tyranny more than poverty or death. Something few consider these days.
  • *goodbye* 2012/07/05 14:15:26
    MY country suffered much more than the USA
  • Old Salt *goodbye* 2012/07/05 16:16:19
  • *goodbye* Old Salt 2012/07/05 16:22:32
    From me watching the American news (I like watching American news outlets because it's fun to see what going on in the USA) it dosen't look too good, I'm not surprised if the USA collapse like we did in the 1990s
  • The Birdman ~ PWCM~JLA 2012/07/05 12:28:47
    The Birdman ~ PWCM~JLA
    We may soon be in a position somewhat similar if current administrations are allowed to continue on their present path! November 2012 may well be compared to 1776!
  • Old Salt The Bir... 2012/07/05 16:18:04
  • Anonymouse ~superdoge~ 2012/07/05 09:24:06
    Anonymouse ~superdoge~
    We were very ruthless back in the day, when we were powerful...
  • Nimitz 2012/07/05 07:21:27
    Two of the signers of the DOI are related to me; Josiah Bartlett and Patrick Henry (Hendry). Let's just say I'm proud of my ancestors.
  • Old Salt Nimitz 2012/07/05 16:19:47
  • redhorse29 2012/07/05 04:24:27
    Freedom is earned and maintained through those with the courage of their convictions and willingness to make the necessary sacrifices so that this nation will survive another day.
  • Old Salt redhorse29 2012/07/05 16:22:21
  • Ozzyboy 2012/07/05 04:17:49
    These men paid an outstanding price for America to have the freedom she used to enjoy. We have generations of military men in our family and we now need to unite, like our families before us, and regain those precious freedoms. We are losing them a little at a time and people are not even understanding what is happening. Thanks for the post OS.
  • Old Salt Ozzyboy 2012/07/05 16:27:07
  • Ozzyboy Old Salt 2012/07/05 16:34:19
    A message we need to keep sending and sending until people get it. Thanks.
  • jubil8 BN-0 PON 2012/07/05 04:01:50
    jubil8 BN-0 PON
    Wow! I knew a little of this (like T. Nelson telling GW to fire on his home), but nowhere near most of it. It makes me humble (I was already grateful).
  • Old Salt jubil8 ... 2012/07/05 16:28:36
  • lcky9 2012/07/05 03:47:29
    It's to bad that the schools have propagandized our kids so they think the men who signed were Godless .. heartless.. rich men .. pretty much what they teach them about anyone who works for what they have now.. Such a pity that until they learn to READ for themselves they will not understand what these men gave up to give them what they have today.. and that would apply to their professors to..
    GOD BLESS AMERICA..OUR TROOPS and OUR FOUNDING FATHERS.. and may their spirit live on in us so we can take back our country and restore it to it full greatness that our elected politicians have tried for the last 100 years to destroy..
  • Old Salt lcky9 2012/07/05 16:33:19
  • 4570GOVT lcky9 2012/07/05 20:48:15
    AMEN !
  • tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA 2012/07/05 03:44:25
    tommyg - POTL- PWCM-JLA
    Outstanding. Thanks for the share my friend.

    And thank you too my lady.
  • Old Salt tommyg ... 2012/07/05 16:34:31
  • Jackie G - Poker Playing Pa... 2012/07/05 02:54:37
    Jackie G - Poker Playing Patriot
    Outstanding post - thank you
  • Old Salt Jackie ... 2012/07/05 16:36:46
  • ★Calliope★ 2012/07/05 02:23:10
    Remember how we came.
  • Vision of Verve 2012/07/05 01:13:17
  • Old Salt Vision ... 2012/07/05 16:37:51
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