Fourth of July

Discussion in 'Life After Brown' started by moreluck, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    July 4th History

    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.

    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. Anonymous 10

    Anonymous 10 Guest

    That why they call them the founding fathers they do things for what they love even if it means they will pay dearly.
  3. DS

    DS Fenderbender

    happy 4th of July America!:happy-very::happy2::peaceful::wink2::whiteflag::happybday:wheelchai:alien::osama:
  4. klein

    klein Für Meno :)

    Happy Independence Day in advance.

    Independence from England, and here we are July 1st, celebrating with the Queen of England. Kind of ironic, but it's all history.
  5. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Happy 4th of July !
  6. fxdwg

    fxdwg Member

    Awesome post More.
    I love the history lesson.
    It's sad though, when you think about what they did and the prices they eventually paid.
    I'd like to read more about all 56.
    Enjoy the holiday.
  7. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

  8. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    The OP appears to be a mix of truth, half truth, and untruth:
  9. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Courtesy of Snopes
  10. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Oh well, somebody sent it to me. I was just passing it along. I don't have the time to check everything on snopes.

    Happy 4th ! (I really did wish a happy 4th. You don't have to check it on snopes to see if it's for real)
  11. fxdwg

    fxdwg Member

    Don't sweat it More. I appreciate your effort!!
  12. UpstateNYUPSer

    UpstateNYUPSer Very proud grandfather.

    It is not uncommon for More to simply pass along a forwarded e-mail without bothering to check its' accuracy.
  13. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Snopes says you're really a communist who hates America. :happy-very:
  14. wkmac

    wkmac Well-Known Member

    :happy-very:Thanks for the laugh. Went great with the morning coffee. Best wishes everyone for your holiday weekend. For us, it's birthday weekend as the 4th is my son's birthday and he still insists the fireworks are about him!

    The idea that began the 4th is an idea not yet achieved rather than an idea in which we can return too. It was a beginning, not an end all!

    If we all understood these principles among ourselves first and lived by them among ourselves, the gov't we have would change for the good from the bottom up and most of the complaints with gov't "WE ALL HAVE" would mostly go away on their own and thus many of our problems in society would go with it!

  15. over9five

    over9five Moderator Staff Member

  16. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    Originally Posted by Jones
    Snopes says you're really a communist who hates America. :happy-very:

    Actually snopes got that backwards...I'm an American who HATES Communists !!
  17. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    Note the RED background, I suspect that was a conscious choice. We're on to you, "moreluck" :wink2:
  18. moreluck

    moreluck golden ticket member

    The color red represents the U.S. Republican Party
  19. Jones

    Jones fILE A GRIEVE! Staff Member

    The plot thickens!
  20. Richard Harrow

    Richard Harrow Deplorable.

    ... and now 234 years later, many argue that the United States has no greater ally than the country from which she claimed her independence.