Archive for American History

What ever Happened to the Men who Signed the Declaration of Independence?

There were 56 “Founding Fathers.” You wouldn’t think that them signing their name to a document would cost them their lives, families, everything they owned. But it did. 

Freedom isn’t Free

 

5 of them were captured by the British as traitors to the crown. They were tortured to death.

12 had their homes ransacked and burned.

2 lost their sons as they fought for the Revolutionary Army; 
Another’s 2 sons were captured.

9 of the 56 fought in the Revolutionary War themselves and died from wounds or suffered hardships as a result.

They signed the Declaration of Independence, they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor the country. So, what type of men were they?

  • 24 were lawyers and jurists
  • 11 were merchants
  • 9 were farmers and large plantation owners

All were wealthy and educated and they signed the Declaration of Independence
 knowing full well that the penalty would be death if 
they were captured.

Carter Braxton

Carter Braxton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Carter Braxton, a wealthy planter and trader from Virginia 
saw his ships sunk by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to
pay his debts and died a pauper.

Thomas McKeam was so harassed by the British
, that he was forced to relocate with his family. He served in the Congress without pay while his family was in hiding. His lost everything–poverty was his reward.

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

An engraving of Thomas Nelson, Jr., a signer o...

An engraving of Thomas Nelson, Jr., (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At the battle of Yorktown, Thomas Nelson, Jr., saw that 
the British General Cornwallis had taken over his home as his headquarters. He quietly asked General George Washington to open fire, destroying the home. Nelson died bankrupt.

Francis Lewis’ home and properties were destroyed. 
The enemy imprisoned his wife and she died within a few months.

John Hart was driven from his wife’s deathbed. 
Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill 
Were abandoned. For more than a year he lived in forests 
and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his 
children gone.

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.

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The History of Flag Day

Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917

Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day
on June 14, 1917

Flag Day is celebrated in many countries around the world – sometimes on it’s their independence day sometimes on the day the flag was adopted.

The United States celebrates it on June 14 the day the flag was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in 1777.

June 14th is also the United States Army’s birthday which was adopted as the “American Continental Army” by consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

The city of Hartford, CT was the first to observe the day in 1861 with a patriotic program praying for the success of the Federal arms and the preservation of Union. Unfortunately, it did not become a tradition.

In 1885, grade school teacher, Bernard J. Cigrand, known as the “Father of Flag Day,” held the first recognized formal observance of Flag Day at the Stony Hill School. The restored school now houses the National Flag Day Americanism Center in Waubeka, WI.

Starting in the late 1880s, Cigrand traveled the nation promoting patriotism, respect for the flag and the need for an annual observance of the day the flag was adopted.

Yankee Doodle Dandy

He became president of the American Flag Day Association and later of the National Flag Day Society. He had presented 2,188 speeches on patriotism and the flag in his lifetime.

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation in 1916 that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. National Flag Day was established in 1949 by an Act of Congress and signed by Harry Truman.

The week of June 10-16, 2012 is National Flag Week, during which the President issues a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the whole week.

Remember this song: “You’re a Grand Old Flag” from “Yankee Doodle Dandy” with James Cagney in 1942? I remember singing it as part of a patriotic pageant in elementary school.

Lyrics:
You’re a grand old flag
You’re a high-flying flag
And forever in peace may you wave.
You’re the emblem of the land I love,
The home of the free and the brave.
Every heart beats true for the red, white and blue,
And there’s never a boast or brag.
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
Keep your eye on the grand old flag!


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