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.
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.
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.
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.