Tuesday, July 4, 2017

The 4th of July ~ Independence ~ and it's Price

        Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence? Their story. . .
        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 and 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.
        I hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please.  The Fourth of July means more than beer, picnics, and baseball games. True "reflection" is a part of this country's greatness.


  1. That one gets me every time I read it.


  2. Thank you! I shared on FB! Happy 4th to you and yours.

  3. What happened to the 30% of "patriots" who fought on the British side?

    1. Many tried Canada for a while, but most came back here. The Loyalists saw themselves as patriots, too, in their own weird way, and, in some parts of the country (my Dad's home state of New York, f'rinstance), the American Revolution was the first American Civil War

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    1. Brig, I see a new woodsterman addition to the tradition.


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