Re: What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence?
Posted by diane armstrong on July 6, 2009, 10:38 am, in reply to "What happened to the signers of the Declaration of Independence?"
daniel--thanks for posting the snopes site. the lies in ¨whatreallyhappened´, which i have seen before, are offensive and are a shameful way to treat your history. Many so-called loyalists just wanted to keep out of the fray and live out their lives in peace. my greatuncle, a judge of the Supreme Court in the N.Y.capital, was stripped of everything, house, farm, animals, servants, salary, everything except one pair of shoes and one suit. Because he was a moderate whom the revolutionary government respected, he was given a permit allowing him to beg in the streets of Albany. My greatgrandfather and his brother-in-law were held in the Fort Ticonderoga hell-hole prison until they were ransomed-a common practice. |
Then there were the two min-revolts when the new govenment refused to pay its soldiers and its debts and, in fact, turned out to be more repressive than the Brits, thus creating even more refugees.
Some social historians postulate that it was the still-smouldering hatred of the Revolutionaries that lead to the overkill burning and destruction of Washington that saw your president´s wife, Dolly Madison, living in a cave until the soldiers went back home to Upper Canada.
There are two sides to everything.
The war was ugly, its refugees were savaged before they found safety in the Canadas. In spite of that, we two countries can be proud that we created the longest undefended border in the world.
again, thank you so much, Daniel, for putting out the truth.
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