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Fwd: [GCFL] Freedom is never free - The Aftermath of July 4, 1776

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Christi Fennell (cfennell1)
Fri, 2 Jul 1999 19:40:22 -0700 (PDT)


--- GCFL <gcfl-info> wrote:
> Date: 2 Jul 1999 17:52:37 -0000
> From: GCFL <gcfl-info>
> To: cfennell1
> Subject: [GCFL] Freedom is never free - The
> Aftermath of July 4, 1776
>
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> /* A more serious GCFL for the holiday... */
>
> 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...We shouldn't.
>
> So, take a couple of minutes while enjoying your 4th
> of July holiday
> and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to
> ask for the
> price they paid . . .
>
> LET'S ALL REMEMBER THAT FREEDOM IS "NEVER FREE"!!!!
>
> Author unknown.
>
> Received from Patti Ordower.
>
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