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Many In Modern America Now Mock These Men

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.

Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.

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!

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great post and very informative. thanks much for all the information and this should be taught in schools so it will be remembered and not forgotten.if it was,ent for these brave people and the brave one's that came after them, we would not be free.

take care. ron

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garimpo, Very timely and inforitive, I,m going on 70 yoa and when I was in school that was taught as part of US History, I dont know if they even mention that now in the history classes, seem that some people in power want to change and re-write history. USA, Love it or leave it, but can we take it back?? Idaho Al

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Dont know if anyone has seen this yet, but its disturbing that these people actually have a right to vote....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkQ6XgXeNuY

these people don’t even posses rudimentary knowledge of this country: the reasons why we broke ties from England and the moral basis our forbearers articulated while organizing a limited form of government. And we expect these people to know what our Government is doing to them...

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Dont know if anyone has seen this yet, but its disturbing that these people actually have a right to vote....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkQ6XgXeNuY

these people don’t even posses rudimentary knowledge of this country: the reasons why we broke ties from England and the moral basis our forbearers articulated while organizing a limited form of government. And we expect these people to know what our Government is doing to them...

Thank God for grandpa, I hope he took the college professor along for the history lessons as well!!! :stupidrb:

We're in deep sh!t, if this is a consensus of the general population!!! :*&$*(: :*&$*(:

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Might want to research this.

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Capt,

Out of respect for the rest of the forum members, I wish you could clarify your latest post, "Might want to research this?". It suggests that you are privy to information that the rest of us are not.

Please, state your case on the subject, in order that maybe the masses can understand what your intended thought is. I'm sure the rest of us on the forum will benefit from whatever you have to say on the subject.

Dean from Mariposa

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This is only something I have researched after seeing it on another board. After doing so, I found there to be different accounts than the one stated and with all accounts they contain various grades of validity.

Now I am not wanting wanting to present one view as fact and another fiction, but as others that are interested in this subject, as much as I am at least, it is an interesting study with much written on the topic.

There are some books that are published on this very topic.

http://www.ushistory.org/declaration/signers/

http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp

http://www.erumors.net/rumors/p/patriots.htm

http://www.newjerseynewsroom.com/style/the-only-signer-of-the-declaration-of-independence-who-recanted-was-from-new-jersey

Many things about this document are worthy of research.

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