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Signers of the Declaration of Independence in St. Augustine

National Marker for Prisoners in St Augustine

When you think of St. Augustine Florida you think of beaches, fun, and vacations.  Not for three of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence who were imprisoned there!

Signers in St. Augustine

Three of the signers from South Carolina were captured after the fall of Charleston to the British and taken along with I believe 29 others to St. Augustine Florida and placed in Jail.  Where they served almost one year in prison until they were included in a trade for British Officers.

Florida stayed out of the war for the most part, but there are a few records where there were battles, skirmishes, attacks, and imprisonment.  Like this find in St. Augustine.

Could you imagine spending a year in the Florida heat in a dungeon or jail cell?  I know I wouldn’t want to do that.

Signers of the Declaration of Independence, why did they do this?

Did you ever ask yourself, why would these me be willing to sacrifice so much for the cause of Liberty?  If called upon would you?

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