Monday, July 27, 2009

Amazing Men

The fourth is way past now, but I never really mentioned it on here.

I love this country and I love the men who sacrificed so much for its birth.

Here's an email I got from my brother around the 4th:

A good history lesson. It seems that we should do all we can to preserve this great document that these wonderful men fought and died for.

4th 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!

I loved reading 1776 and John Adams by David McCullough. I think every American should be required to read 1776. There is no denying that this country was created under the watchful eye of a generous God.

I hope everyone had a great 4th!

update: go here for more accurate information. while some of this information is true, some of it is grossly exaggerated. (thank you Matthew!)


Matt Neal said...

You know, I've always seen that email about the signers and I wondered what Snoops had to say:

I was glad that it didn't say "False" across the board. Still good things to keep in mind though.

eden said...

thanks for passing that on. i normally look things like this up on snopes but missed this one.

i'm working on another post about them with quotes from church leaders (shamelessly taking the information from bethany's blog). i think that'll pass as accurate information. (: