THE PRICE THEY PAID
Some Time ago I received this in my mail. I have ho idea who wrote it but have vetted it and found it to be true. I believe it is always a timely piece.
Have you ever wondered what happened to those men who signed the Declaration ofIndependence?
Five signers were captured as traitors by the British,and were tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought, and died from woundsor the hardship of the Revolutionary War.
What kind of men were they? Twenty-four werelawyers and jurists.were merchants; nine were farmers and large plantation owners — men of means and well-educated. But they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
They signed, and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
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 McKean was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals, soldiers, or both looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
At the Battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. The owner quietly urged Generalto open fire, which was done. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and grist mill were laid waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home after the war to find his wife dead and his children vanished. A few weeks later he died from exhaustion and a broken heart.
Morris 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 a 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 us an independent America! Can we keep it?