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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

One Nation Under GOD.
 
 

Subject:

Signers of the Declaration
 
 

Good reading!

Just take a moment to read and have a great 4th . . .

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 leave
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 waste.
For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find
his wife dead and his children vanished.  A few weeks later he died from
exhaustion and a broken heart.  Norris and Livingston suffered similar fates.

Such were the stories and sacrifices of the American Revolution. These
were not wild eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft-spoken men of
means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more.
Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support
of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine
providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes,
and our sacred honor."

They gave you and me a free and independent America.

The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the Revolutionary War ... and today they are telling your children even less.

We didn't just fight the British.  We were British subjects at that time and we
fought our own government!  Some of us take these liberties so much for
granted.

We shouldn't.

So, take a couple of minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank these patriots.  It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
 
 


 

Having trouble reading the fine print in the Declaration, above?
Click HERE for readable Text of the Declaration of Independence

Click HERE  for our National Anthem
(The verses you never learned in school)

Click HERE for The Liberty Bell

Click HERE for the Statue of Liberty

Click HERE for the Bill of Rights

Click HERE for I Am The Flag

Click HERE for Bob Hoff's Flags



Footnote on history:

England's King George III kept a diary. In it, for July 4,1776, he noted,
"Nothing of importance happened today."

I guess he neglected to read his e-mail that day.
 
 


Fly your flag on the Fourth
 
 
 
 

GOD BLESS AMERICA!








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