Our founding fathers paid dearly for their convictions. Of 56 signers, five were captured and tortured by the British before they died. Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons; another two had sons captured. Nine fought and died from wounds or hardships.
Carter Braxton of Virginia saw his ships sank by the British navy. Thomas Nelson, whose home was occupied by the enemy, quietly ordered Gen. Washington to open fire on his house, which was destroyed. Nelson died bankrupt.
Anthropologist Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”
— Doug Dickerson blog