They never taught me this in school-------

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by ginbart, Jul 3, 2010.

  1. ginbart

    ginbart Crowing

    Mar 9, 2008
    Bloomsburg, PA
    This was send to me in an email and I thought it was worth reading.

    This is pretty cool, if you don't know a lot of history read this. 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 McKean 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 hope you will show your support by sending this to as many people as you can, please. 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.
     
  2. turney31

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  3. MysticScorpio82

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  4. oldchickenlady

    oldchickenlady Songster

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    Ditto! Very interesting...I never even thought about it! Thanks for the history!
     
  5. EweSheep

    EweSheep Flock Mistress

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    Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!
     
  6. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

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  7. [​IMG] Very well done... I haven't gotten that one before, but I'll pass it along... shame I didn't have it when I did the "Print The DoI" one, but this one will be sent actually ON the 4th...

    Yup, thankee for sharing!
     
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    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I don't trust snopes at all. They've been proven wrong over and over again.... and they always have a liberal slant... Just sayin'.
     
  10. RabbitMage

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