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Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?

By TerryO

It started March 1775 when Patrick Henry delivered his "give me liberty or give me death" speech. And lasted until November 25, 1783 when the British evacuated New York City.


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 torturedbefore 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!


I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, Please!
It's time we get the word out that patriotism is NOT a sin, and the Fourth of July has more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.

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ElCaminoKid
Aug 27, 2011 at 8:52 pm
Wow! Thats amazing, and to think they never teach that in schools.
 
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rhonda
Jul 15, 2011 at 9:02 pm
Freedom is very expensive! Some definitely give all. Thanks for the reminder!!
 
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3fan4ever
Jun 24, 2011 at 5:36 pm
THANKS TERRY!!! SOMETIMES WE ALL NEED A GOOD KICK IN THE ASS BY SOMEONE LIKE YOU WHO SENDS OUT A GREAT LESSON ON HISTORY AND WHAT FREEDOM WE ALL HAVE AND WHERE IT ORIGINATED FROM. GOD BLESS AMERICA & GOD BLESS YOU MY FRIEND. YOUR A TRUE AMERICAN!
 
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dragon_chick_99
Jun 23, 2011 at 6:38 pm
What's sad is that they don't teach about the sacrifices made to the kids in school, they didn't even teach this when I was in school. Reading this makes me so proud to be an American, and proud that I got to the opportunity to serve her, even if it was during peace time. GOD BLESS AMERICA!!!!
 
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kevins32
Jun 5, 2011 at 4:47 pm
cool i will pass it on
 
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55Stepside
Jun 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm
Terry, this is an article that I will keep as long as I can still breath. I believe the freedom that we enjoy so much today is a result of many lives being lost. I would do my best to defend that freedom if the chance ever came up. Thanks for sharing this with us.
 
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1971
Jun 2, 2011 at 11:04 am
WAR IS HELL...NOW THE BRITISH AND CANADIANS ARE OUR BEST ALLIES! GOD BLESS AMERICA & THE QUEEN.
 
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revhard
Jun 2, 2011 at 6:11 am
Freedom isn't Free!
 
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lowsurf57
Jul 5, 2010 at 9:36 am
Hey Terry,

Thanks for the brief overview and history lesson. As a Canadian I often take our rights and freedoms for granted. This past week-end the Queen presented a stone from the Magna Carta which will be used as a corner stone for the new Human Rights Museum that is being built here in Winnipeg. If we learn from the past, we can build for the future.
 

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