Happy Treason Day you ungrateful Colonials

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Happy Treason Day you ungrateful Colonials

Post by gds » Sun Jul 04, 2021 8:03 am

I hope everyone has a safe Independence day.
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Re: Happy Treason Day you ungrateful Colonials

Post by dellet » Sun Jul 04, 2021 10:21 am

Thanks gds.

There is something inherently wrong with expecting to be safe and comfortable, celebrating those who pledged there lives allow us that privilege. I’ll settle for not doing anything stupid that causes lasting scars :shock:

For those who might not have considered or seen a glimpse of the price paid by those who signed the Declaration of Independence
The Sacrifices Made By The Declaration Signers…
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Happy July 4 to everyone here in America. Just a reminder of the price that was paid for our freedom. I honestly just did not know the great sacrifices that these men paid… Makes me love this country even more.


What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence?

This is the Price They Paid

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 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 or both, looted the properties of Ellery, Clymer, Hall, 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. The owner 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.”
I have direct family ties to both the Revolution, and Civil war. It’s a matter of when, not if, the family will be called to service again.
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Re: Happy Treason Day you ungrateful Colonials

Post by BJK » Sun Jul 04, 2021 2:33 pm

Yes, huge prices were paid to give us the Republic, and then they hoped we could keep it. What a bunch of radicals they were! How's that lookin' today?

But still, Happy Independence Day!

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Re: Happy Treason Day you ungrateful Colonials

Post by plant.one » Wed Jul 07, 2021 3:50 pm

holy crap the forum is alive again! :)

hope everyone had a good 4th. came home with all my fingers where they belong :)
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