The following was written this morning May 29th by The Quilt, Dr. Jack Kruse, Posted on Facebook.
THE PRICE THEY PAID
...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 the 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 grist mill were laid 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 no wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued their 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.
Jack's response to comments:
"See More about an hour ago ?? LikeUnlike ?? 4 peopleLoading....Jack Kruse This is Memorial Day to me. This shows you just how far Congress and our President have failed us.....but I will not blame them. We after all voted for them. We need to find people like those above to serve us in our countries time of ne...ed. Every soldier who has died for our way of life deserves out reflective thoughts in this area to fix what ails our country. this is not about politics. We are a broken nation in how we have run our ship......but we are not broken permanently.......we just have allowed social issues to usurp our thought process. Once we realize this.....it can be fixed. Our consciousness must be congruent with all our fallen countrymen that made this nation what it is. That is our duty as USA citizens on this Memorial Day weekend. Think about this for a while. Reflect on why we are in the debt we are in. Its no longer a story of why we are here. It is a story that we must repair by any means necessary. Its time for each one of us to put the greater good in front of our individual good.
That is long overdue in our current society.
ITS TIME to make a small sacrifice. Look what our founding fathers gave for us. Think about that for a minute.
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on May 29, 2011
at 03:44 PM
on May 29, 2011
at 07:52 PM
How many of them were slave owners? At least the signers had a CHOICE whether or not to live under English rule, or start a revolution. I imagine their slaves freedoms were not considered...
on May 29, 2011
at 04:29 PM
My husband was a Marine for 9 years, it's a sacrifice for the family. We were dirt poor and it was not the easiest time of our lives. I honor and respect everyone puts their life on the line and sacrifices for our country.