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Friday, July 2, 2010

Happy Fourth of July

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.

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!
( My sister sent this to me in an email off the web)
 It's time we stand up once again and feel our patriotism, to show we are proud Americans and we are one Nation under God. It is time to stop apologizing that we are Americans and stand up to the beliefs our fathers gave their lives for. I am proud to be an American and
In God I Trust...

Wishing Peace and Love to you this Fourth and an extra blessing on the families that are serving this country in the armed forces.


  1. Rebecca amor, I am truly in AWE of our forefathers and all that they and their loved ones had to endure for our Great Nation and yes...us...What an amazing post! Thank you amor, hope you have a beautiful & safe July 4th! God Bless America & all our men & woman who have or are serving this Wonderful Country of ours, may they all come home safe to those that love & care for them! Besos, Rose

  2. Woohoo I am the first post! Haven't have that happen here in a LONG time....almost makes me feel like I am back! :) Besos, Rose

  3. Yes, thank you for the reminder of the costs of freedom.

  4. Amen. God Bless America. Never Apologize. Great Post!


  5. Really enjoyed this post. God Bless America and God Bless you too! Have a lovely weekend celebrating. :)

  6. thank was so incredible to read and fascinating. I thank you so much for sharing that. We have so much to be grateful for...


  7. Rebecca,
    Some awesome food for thought this holiday. Such sacrifice so their children could inherit freedom. Thank you for teaching me a great history lesson. You always give me inspiration & insight!
    PS I gotta go look for your giveaway, also I need to post about the cuff you helped me with! Have a great holiday with your family.

  8. Thank you so much for your visit and comment. How kind of you to take the time out to do so.

  9. Great Post Rebecca! We must relearn, or learn for the first time, what facts they have kept from the school books. The best freedom is the love of God. May God continue to Bless America.
    Be safe and happy today.

  10. Rebecca, I had never heard these facts before, thank you for sharing them. It's so important to be reminded of what our forefather's endured to win our freedom!
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    hugs and love,

  11. Thank you for reminding us of what these great forefathers sacrificed for our freedoms. We have so much to be thankful for.
    I never knew of some of these men though living in New England we have so much history here of the revolutionary war.
    Have a great 4th Rebecca!

  12. Thank you Rebecca for sharing this post, always good to learn some history of your Country.

    I hope that you and your family are having a wonderful 4th of July weekend

  13. I love this post. Thank You!


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