The last line of the Declaration of Independence says, “And for the support of this Declaration…we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.” Fifty-six men signed the document. Here is what happened to some of them:
• Five were captured as traitors to Britain and tortured before they died.
• One was wounded, taken prisoner and released in a prisoner exchange.
• Two lost their sons in the war.
• Another had two sons captured.
• Another saw his ships destroyed by the British Navy, sold his home and property to pay his debts, and died in rags.
• Yet another was pursued by British troops — forced to move his family constantly, he lost all of his possessions.
• British General Cornwallis used one signer’s farm for his headquarters at Yorktown. George Washington opened fire and the farm was destroyed. Its owner died bankrupt.
• Another had his home and properties destroyed and his wife jailed. She died within a few months.
• One man who signed the historic document was driven from his wife’s sickbed as their thirteen children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid waste. For a year he lived in forests and caves. When he returned his wife was dead; his children missing. A few weeks later he died.
– From Generation to Generation – Day 185
The price of freedom is high. Today, in prayer, thank the Lord for those whose sacrifices have made America free. And pray that we as a nation return to the LORD and His ways.