Remembering Independence Day
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
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.
signed, 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
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and
trader, saw his ships "blasted" to the bottom of the ocean 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,
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 gone. A
few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
and Livingston suffered similar fates.
Such were the stories and
sacrifices of the American Revolution. These were not wild-eyed,
rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of means and education.
They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight,
and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with
firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually
pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."
They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history
books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War.
We didn't fight just the British. We were British subjects at that time
and we fought the British imposed government, for the right to govern our
Unfortunately, many Americans take these liberties
for granted -- but we shouldn't. Please take a few moments (at least) to
remember the price paid for your freedom. Publicly and privately remember
the patriots who gave so much, for you and me.
is never free!
Lets never forget there's a lot more to the 4th of
July holiday than fireworks, picnics, and baseball. At least one day a
year, lets show some true patriotism for, this great country, the United
States of America.
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