The Patriots Who made Freedom Possible
Richard Roberg, The Daily Mail
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men signed the Declaration of Independence?
Five were captured by the British, charged with treason and tortured to death.
12 had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their lives serving in the resistance.
Nine died from wounds of hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortune and their honor. What kind of men were they?
24 were jurists, 11 were merchants, and 9 were farmers.
They were men of means and education but they signed the Declaration knowing the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy, sold his home to pay his debts and died a pauper.
Thomas McKeam was forced to move his family by the British harassment. He served in Congress without pay while his family lived in hiding. His property was seized and he was impoverished.
Francis Lewis lost his home, his wife was arrested and she died in jail.
John Hart was driven from his wife’s bedside as she was dying. He lived for over a year in forests and caves returning to find his 13 children had vanished and his wife was dead.
Can you imagine Obama making these sacrifices for this country?