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By signing the Declaration of Independence, the 56 Americans pledged their lives, fortunes, and their sacred honor. It was no idle pledge…

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“By signing the Declaration of Independence, the fifty-six Americans pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor. It was no idle pledge…

Nine signers died of wounds during the Revolutionary War.

Five were captured or imprisoned.

Wives and children were killed, jailed, mistreated, or left penniless.

Twelve signers’ houses were burned to the ground.

Seventeen lost everything they owned.

NO SIGNER DEFECTED – their honor, like their nation, remained intact.”

About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog.Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

2 Responses to “By signing the Declaration of Independence, the 56 Americans pledged their lives, fortunes, and their sacred honor. It was no idle pledge…”

  1. Sue Long says:

    They signed the Declaration of Independence knowing the penalty would be death if they were captured.
    In fact, five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.

    Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

    Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.

    Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Rutledge, and Middleton.

    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.

    At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson Jr. noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. Nelson quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was badly damaged. Nelson died bankrupt.

    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.

    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.

  2. Holly says:

    I found a picture of a stone sign that has what is posted above . Does anyone have a location?

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