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C Barry Smith

06-07-2008 08:06:51

[b98a98ad4fb] FOURTH OF JULY[/b98a98ad4fb][/color98a98ad4fb][/size98a98ad4fb]
>>[b98a98ad4fb]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.
> Some of us take these liberties so much for granted, but we shouldn't.
> 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 share this with your family &
> friends. 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.[/b98a98ad4fb][/size98a98ad4fb]


06-07-2008 09:05:33

OMG British Empire ftw!


06-07-2008 10:49:25

Snopes FTW!



06-07-2008 11:12:57

I love snopes.


06-07-2008 11:21:51

[quote5ccc478a66="JennyWren"]I love snopes.[/quote5ccc478a66]
Apparently C Barry doesn't, as he seems to run up against it constantly. lol

You'd think by now with the all e-mails he has posted that have been proven as hoaxes/urban legends/old-news-regurgitated (and usually via Snopes) that he might do a little checking before posting another.

I guess we can say you help us keep our Snopes skillz sharp, eh, C Barry? )


06-07-2008 14:36:45

It has to be true, it said FWDFWDFWDFWD in the title.