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Fifty-Six Men, It is not about the document, but the men who signed it.

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Post by lorrae Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:45 pm

Fifty-six men
It is not about the document, but the men who signed it.

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! It's time we
got the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin,
and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer,
picnics, firecrackers and baseball games. It has
to do with men who cared so much for their own
liberty and that of their posterity (that’s us) that
they pledged their lives, their fortunes and their
sacred honor to secure it for us.

You have just read about what that pledge cost
them. What will you pledge to preserve that
heritage for your posterity?


Thank you and God bless America!

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Post by wishinandhopin Mon Jul 04, 2011 1:53 pm

What an awesome post and reminder. Some of us have served this awesome country, and some gave all, and we need to be mindful of that when celebrating.

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Post by letmar321 Mon Jul 04, 2011 4:33 pm

Thanks for this reminder that freedom is not free. What a wonderful message.

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Post by GreyWolfe Mon Jul 04, 2011 5:35 pm

Thank you for this awesome post!

These men were willing to give their all for their new country to be ... because they believed this was something God in His infinite wisdom was showing them that it was important.

At this time in our country any town with over 50 population required children to go to a school provided by the town under a person paid by the town. The curriculum included reading from the Bible … even though it was against British law for the Colonies to print their own copies.

The British were quoted as saying that in Parliament that they should let the Colonies go because the colonists were one of the most educated people in the world! I9.e. – too educated too be swayed with false information and to be happy under a strict monarchy.

Do you know the History of this country? Do you know the Bible --- the Words of Our Creator and the Author of this Nation? Do you research who you vote for and what they stand for?

If not … how do you know who you are voting for … or what you and this nation should be standing for?

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Post by bobbysac Mon Jul 04, 2011 7:06 pm

thank you for that post ,makes you think how lucky we are

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Post by Ponee Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:15 pm

Blast from the Past -- Boosting from the archives because I like the topic.

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