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What ever happened to the Brave Men Who Signed The Declaration of Independence???

Declaration of Independence Facts

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, Rutledge, 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 about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't

fight just 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, 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! 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.

If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom; go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you.May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
- Samuel Adams

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Thanks Jdayh

You are a true Patriot.

Any Rand...................

Ayn Rand IS NOT a moron. She wrote the best book ever written, called "Atlas Shrugged" . Read it if you dare, and then tell me she is a
moron or a genius.

I think the best tool we have when we go door-to-door is the DVD
"America: Freeedom to Fascism" it speaks for it's self. We should ask them to see the video before they make a decison. I don't see why with all our resources we have, and all our people al

Thomas Jefferson the man for

Thomas Jefferson the man for whom my father did named me passed away the same day as John Adams the last of the founding fathers On 4 July 1826.

May their spirit be with you.

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"But, indeed, no private person has a right to complain, by suit in court, on the ground of a breach of the Constitution. The Constitution it is true, is a compact, but he is not a party to it."

Great Post

Thanks

This should be read at every

dinner table over this holiday weekend. Peace

Prepare & Share the Message of Freedom through Positive-Peaceful-Activism.

Excellent sir.

Seeing how that today when you hear Bush call it just a goddamn piece of paper and people aren't up in arms you realize we no longer as a republic care what it took to make that living breathing document come to life.

Happy Independence Day. Now you know what it will take of all of us if we ever lose that document and have to fight to get it back.

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May we NEVER FORGET these great men!!! Let's all take a few

moments today to remember their great sacrifices! Happy Birthday America!!!!!

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Historic moment at WA State Convention at minute 4 here!!
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What are you fightin' for?
Caught in the middle?
Freedom is only for those with the guts to defend it!

The Signers

Where are the signers of the day? These men exemplify the spirit of commitment that true patriots should aspire to, and our cause is increasingly demanding of us. Freedom is that most precious of all gifts and the great guardian from the shadows that ever encroach upon mankind. We should all cherish Freedom with all of our hearts. If we are not willing to sacrifice for our cause, we may be sacrificing our futures and all those futures to come. We may indeed, in turns, one day face the same calling, if not a more significant one, as did the signers of that greatest of documents: The Declaration of Independence.

Are you a signer or a whiner?

"The body is but a vessel for the soul,
A puppet which bends to the soul's tyranny.
And lo, the body is not eternal,
For it must feed on the flesh of others,
Lest it return to the dust whence it came.
Therefore the soul deceives and despises."

9 of these men were Freemasons.

Including Benjamin Franklin and John Hancock. Thanks for posting this, it has made my 4th of July!!! Excellent posting, compared to a lot of the drivel which is put out here. All Americans should read this every 4th of July so that they might appreciate what they are given, and more importantly, appreciate what they are giving away. God Bless America! Happy Birthday, U.S.A.!

Freemasons aren't as bad as

Freemasons aren't as bad as people say. There's just a lot of secrecy, so people make shit up about them.

Why?

Then why the secrecy? You should listen to JFK"S speech about secret societies. You can find it on You Tube. Lets face it these guys are up to no good.

It makes me mad that

I never learned this in school. I never knew until I read Pat Buchanan's book the Death of the West that there was only 1 Roman Catholic singer... Charlse Carroll. My parents struggled mightily to send me to a good schools... an d I feel robbed of an education. WTF. I blame the NWO!

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Semper Fortis

we have forgot what the

we have forgot what the essence of america is all about- its time to re visit what makes this country great, we dont have a dollar crisis, or a oil crisis, we have a constitutional crisis!! I will pledge to fight with you all and bring this country back to our roots.
thanks for this posts, its a good reminder why we are all fighting so hard. "freedom is not free"
Happy 4th.
By the way I was teaching my small children this lesson.

GOOD POST! Freedom took

GOOD POST! Freedom took lot's of sacrifice by brave people. The more we let it fade, the more sacrifice it will take for us or our children to get it back!

Thanks for posting this, Jdayh!

I passed it on to my email friends, and added the forum link posted below to clarify/correct? the info in ths great post.
This is one of my favorites--I have read it in church on 4th of July weekend, and I always try to find it and pass it along this time of year!

At least they're not remembered as terrorists.

If we had lost the Revolutionary War, every signer of the Declaration of Independence would be remembered as a terrorist.... if they were remembered at all.

It's bad enough that so few Americans recognize the heroic nature of what those men did.

...Yet.

Remember that the Left wing of the New World Order---which will soon be abusing power in Washington with the same zeal BushCorps has in the past eight years---does not like or respect the Founders very much. They call them racist slaveowners and diminish them in their rhetoric.

SUPPORT OUR FOUNDERS' AMERICA
Support the Constitution of the United States

Thanks!

That was a great read!

More facts about this thread

More details and facts can be found here:

http://everything2.com/node/638656

The author of blog claims to have the inforamtion from "The Signers of the Declaration of Independence", by Robert G. Ferris and Richard E. Morris of the U.S. National Park Service (Arlington, VA: Interpretive Publications, Inc., 1982).

Terrific, scary, and

Terrific, scary, and inspiring

Great Post

This is a great post,they don't teach these kind of things in Public Schools,we learned about the Declaration but not of the cost to the persons.
Happy 4th, and may we all learn the true sacrifice of the first Americans.

this moved me deeply

this should be on the front page.

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Thank you so much,

for posting this today. May we honor them and their many sacrifices.

Think again!

It is about time that the concept of human sacrifice be reexamined! To be loyal to your highest values is not sacrifice. I suggest that everyone interested in understanding read The Virtue of Selfishness by Ayn Rand. The first chapter should suffice.

Be loyal to your values. Never give up higher values for lower ones.

Read Atlas Shrugged to experience heroes who struggle to be loyal to their values as the story dramatizes the contrast between two philosophies, one of which is rational, with a rational view of existence and a moral standard of Man's Life on Earth, while the other is the irrational one which has prevailed and is at the root of all the bloodshed, slavery and tyranny in the world thoughout history.

Wm

"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine" Ayn Rand in Atlas Shrugged p731

No Man's need constitutes an obligation on the part of another man to fulfill that need.

Got Children?

Definition of sacrifice according to Merriam Webster's Deluxe Dictionary (it too is a book): 3a: destruction or surrender of something (or someone) for the sake of something else.

In the same dictionary lies the definition of *gulch*: a deep or precipitous cleft:
RAVINE: one occupied by a torrent.

Honestly, I find great comfort that there are keyboard philosophers among us who can espouse others' idealism from the comfortable saddles atop their high horses. As for me, I shall tend to my family and my liberty and happily admit that you cannot ride a chicken no matter how small the saddle.

There is a subtle, but important difference here

Fortune Favors the Bold

there is "sacrifice" in the sense of acting completely against one's self interest for the theoretical interest of the whole (collectivism) and forskaing one's short term self interest for one's long term self interest, which will also be the interests of others.

Fortune Favors the Bold

Ayn Rand is a moron.

Ayn Rand is a moron.

Ayn Rand..................

Ayn Rand IS NOT a moron. She wrote the best book ever written, called "Atlas Shrugged" . Read it if you dare, and then tell me she is a
moron or a genius.

I think the best tool we have when we go door-to-door is the DVD
"America: Freeedom to Fascism" it speaks for it's self. We should ask them to see the video before they make a decison. I don't see why with all our resources we have, and all our people al

You are a moron

Ayn Rand was a true adversary of the collectivist state......why are you attacking her...she posed theories and ideas that help shape the libertarian movement.....

So if you are here to character assassinate.......

go elsewhere