USA, WHERE FREEDOM WAS NEVER...... FREE!
Old Salt 2012/07/04 17:59:44
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration
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.
Remember: FREEDOM IS NEVER FREE!
Ps. Thank You 56 Lady for sending this to me!
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