Nine of the 56 signers fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolution.
Five were captured by the British, tortured, and died in prison.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Francis Lewis’ home and properties were destroyed, his wife captured and died in prison.
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 destroyed. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves. When he returned home he found his wife dead and their children vanished.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships destroyed by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Vandal-soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
Thomas McKeam was constantly pursued by the British and forced to hide his family in a number of secret locations. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept from him. His possessions were destroyed and he died in poverty.
At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., learned that General Cornwallis had captured his home converted it into the British headquarters. He urged General Washington to open fire on the building. It was destroyed and Nelson died bankrupt.
These men were patriots who loved America! Honor their memory by thanking God for their sacrifice. Pray for the restoration of such men of integrity to national leadership. Remember:
It is the soldier, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the soldier, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer, who has given us freedom to assemble.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier, not the politician, who has given us the right to vote.
It is the soldier, not the President, who has given us the right to bear arms.
Freedom Is Never Free!