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Saturday, July 01, 2006

The Price They Paid for Our Freedom

Update - 7/5/06: Thanks to the eagle eye of Vince, a fellow blogger who covers the view from the Left over at Capitol Annex, it appears that "The Price They Paid For Our Freedom" although inspirational is more folklore than actual history.

You can check out Vince's posting on it here. I think this speaks to the power and relevance of the blogosphere; we all do our part to ensure accurate information is given to our readers, which is why bloggers on both sides of the aisle are an unfiltered and necessary check and balance on the mainstream media.

I had a very nice visit with Charlie Howard's wife Jo at the Harris County CD 22 meeting. Charlie is a State Representative in Fort Bend County and is as solid a conservative as they come. CD 22 would be well served if he or State Representative Robert Talton were to get the nod.

Charlie has the following essay posted on his website about the price the Founding Fathers paid for us to be a free and independent nation.

I thought it was worth reading as we celebrate America's independence.


by Carry Hildreth, Erie, Pennsylvania

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 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. 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 not wild-eyed, rabble-rousing ruffians. They were soft- spoken men of means and education. They had security, but they valued liberty more. Standing tall, straight, and unwavering, they pledged: "For the support of this declaration, with firm reliance on the protection of the divine providence, we mutually pledge to each other, our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor."

They gave you and I a free and independent America. The history books never told you a lot of what happened in the revolutionary war. We didn't just fight the British. We were British subjects at that time and we fought our own government! Perhaps you can now see why our founding fathers had a hatred for standing armies, and allowed through the second amendment for everyone to be armed.

Mr. Markum,

As a blogger, I read many blogs daily from both the "left" and "right," including yours.

I am sorry to report that the story about the signers of the Declaration of Independence you have posted (from the Howard Campaign) is not entirely true. Please refer to
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