The men who signed the Declaration of Independence knew that death would be the penalty if caught by the British!
5 were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
12 had their homes ransacked and burned.
2 lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army. 9 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
24 were lawyers and jurists.
11 were merchants, 9 were farmers and large plantation owners . 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. 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.
Remember: freedom is never free! The Fourth of July is more than fireworks, beer, picnics, and baseball games. Pray for our military families - many thanks for protecting our freedom!
I'm madly deeply in love with our country and plan to kiss it's sweet lips this and every 4th of July- we are a nation of freedom, generations, immigrants, diverse beliefs, growth, change and goodness- I stand excited and ready for our continuing progress.
Hey Tamie! Just so you know the email you posted here has been investigated by snopes and is kind of true but kind of not true:
Thanks, Jen -- I never thought to snope it...but one thing is for true..they signed that document knowing they would be put to death if they didn't win or got caught! Guess that's good enough...LOL
I'm just trying to be a father, Raise a daughter and a son, Be a lover to their mother, Everything to everyone. Up and at 'em bright and early, I'm all business in my suit, Yeah, I'm dressed up for success from my head down to my boots, I don't do it for the money, there's bills that I can't pay, I don't do it for the glory, I just do it anyway, Providing for our futures, my responsibility, Yeah I'm real good under pressure, being all that I can be, And I can't call in sick on Mondays when the weekend's been too strong, I just work straight through the holidays, And sometimes all night long. You can bet that I stand ready when the wolf growls at the door, Hey, I'm solid, hey I'm steady, hey I'm true down to the core, And I will always do my duty, no matter what the price, I've counted up the cost, I know the sacrifice, Oh, and I don't want to die for you, But if dying's asked of me, I'll bear that cross with an honor, 'Cause freedom don't come free. I'm an American Soldier, an American, Beside my Brothers and my Sisters I will proudly take a stand. When liberty's in jeopardy I'll always do what's right. I'm out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight. American Soldier, I'm an American Soldier.
Thank you so much Tamie, for this wonderful post. I've always been so proud to be an American, and I have no doubt that many Men, Women, and Children made HUGE sacrifices for this great country of ours. Happy Independence Day
Thank you Suzanne, and a very Happy 4th to all! My son will be joining the Military next month, and I just can't put into words how honored and proud I am to be a part of this country, and God bless everyone who has sacraficed so much for this country, I commend and salute you all!