Signers of the Declaration of Independence

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  1. Cinderocka1989

    Cinderocka1989 Well-Known Member

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    I thought this was interesting, my friend sent it to me in an e-mail, some of it I already knew some of it was new to me.

    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 died.

    Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
    Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army;
    another had two sons captured.

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

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

    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 reward.

    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!

    I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many
    people as you can, please. It's time we get the word out that patriotism
    is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer,
    picnics, and baseball games.

    God Bless my soldiers, they're my heroes, all of them.
     
  2. TheSadPanda

    TheSadPanda New Member

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    Great post! I will most certainly keep this in mind. Thank you.
     

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  5. Alchemist

    Alchemist New Member

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    Great post... Thanks.
     
  6. Polygon

    Polygon New Member

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    Awesome post!

    I didn't know ANY of that. Which is actually pretty sad.
     
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    Trez Well-Known Member

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