How appropriate that Freedom Post #4 on July 4 corresponds to Book four, Draw Me to Your Side, 1776! The citizens are in the throws of war as their daily lives are disrupted with a real fear and sense of uncertain outcome. Within the chaos exists the organized congress and military both facing success and setbacks as the battles rage. The northern colonies seem so distant from the southern colonies. Charles Town does its best to hold on as a Patriot city with active military all around it.
The powers that be meet in Philadelphia to determine the colonies fate. Then on that world changing day in July, our founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence! Life as an independent nation begins not with fireworks but with fighting, starvation, riots, and death. It would be a long road to complete separation from Britain.
On August 5, 1776 the citizens of Charles Town gathered around the Liberty Tree for the reading of the Declaration:
“Welcome to this glorious day. A day none of us will forget. For today we realize what we have sacrificed for has now come true. Independence from Britain has been accomplished.”
“Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!” the crowd’s approval, with the waving of flags, handkerchiefs, and hats, emphasized the importance of this momentous occasion.
The reading of the Declaration followed.
How long has it been since you’ve read the Declaration of Independence?