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Justin Gingrich, a U.S. Army Ranger presented this, it is a good history lesson from someone who makes an outstanding brute of a knife.


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 scared honor."

They gave you and me a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot about what happened in the Revolutionary War. We didn't fight just 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, but we shouldn't. So take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for considering the price they paid. Remember: freedom is never free!

Also remember our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, brother and sisters, and all the rest who are still putting themselves in harm's way for the sake of freedom - Iraq, Afghanistan, and all the other areas of conflict. The Fourth of July does have more to it than beer, picnics, and baseball games.
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Great post, Doug!
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Thank you, Doug.
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Thank you, Doug. I was watching the History Channel most of the day on July 4th which showed the story of the American Revolution each step of the way. I really admire our forefathers of this great country. Lots and lots of personal sacrifice.
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Originally posted by Narrow Gap Narrow Gap wrote:

I was watching the History Channel most of the day on July 4th which showed the story of the American Revolution each step of the way.

 

Me too. That was very interesting.

 

This men made REAL sacrifices. These men would be considered terrorist's by todays standards. 

 

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It is always a good idea to check stories

 

http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp

 

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Originally posted by Duce Duce wrote:

It is always a good idea to check stories

 

http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp

 

Duce 

 

OOOPS!

Sure sounded good!!  

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I use Snopes all the time because of the constant emails I get. This is the internet and even some of Snopes research is suspect. If you need the final word and absolute truth check here, http://www.sho.com/site/ptbs/episodes.do, especially regarding gun control.

 

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-2807602702866411553

 



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Great Info I'm sure everyone here, would make the same sacrifice. Who knows we may yet end up having to.
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Somebodies digging through the archives..........

 

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Yeah I'm bored, Trying to stay awake, Danged long day, and still going, (work)
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