4th of July

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Posted by Champ on July 04, 1999 at 01:41:30:

Siyo All ---

with today being the celebration of our Independence & birth of a new nation, I thought I'd post the following received from a friend of mine.

May y'all have a happy & safe 4th of July! :-)

"Champ"
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"Food for thought.........

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
and we shouldn't.

So, take a couple of minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and
silently thank those who have sacrificed so that we might all enjoy
liberty and freedom. "

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