“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.”
56 men signed the Declaration of Independence with their REAL names. All of them knew that the penalty would be death if they were captured by the British.
Five were captured as treasonous traitors to the crown and violently tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned to the ground.
Two sacrificed their sons who served in the American Army.
Nine died from wounds or hardships during the NINE years of war that followed.
Happy Fourth of July!