Saturday, June 30, 2012

4th of July History Lesson




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, RUTLEDGE 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!

The best way to HONOR these men and keep their Memory alive, is to send this to as many people as we can so everybody in this Country will know the price that was paid for our FREEDOM.  It's time to WAKE UP AMERICA and get the word out that PATRIOTISM is something to be proud of and to live here and enjoy the privileges, the 4th OF JULY is more than beer, picnics and baseball games. 
SO PASS IT ON. . . .

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