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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.  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.
> 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 . . .



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