Wednesday, July 4, 2012

The Birth of a New Republic

While you indulge in grilled foods and summer fruits among good company, remember what this day is really about.

Courageous people....some ordinary men, some who risked everything to come to a new land to make a life for themselves that was better than anything they could hope for in their old world.   People who stood up to a tyrannt despite the real threat of being arrested and hanged for their disobedience.  People who put their lives on the line to fight for their new nation.

Here's one who did just that....
Robert Foster.
A 4th Generation born American. His Great Grandfather came here in 1635, at the age of 16.
He is my 6 x Great Grandfather.
One of my own Revolutionary War Ancestors.
The VA 15th Regiment he was part of saw action at the Battle of Brandywine, the Battle of Germantown, the Battle of Monmouth and the Siege of Charleston. After the Germantown engagement in October 1777, they spent the winter with Commander Geo. Washington in Valley Forge.
Robert Foster died in Spartanburg County SC, at the age of 64, and is buried in Robebuck SC.
I hope to visit his resting place some day.

Go back in your mind and try to see and feel what it might have been like to be alive in 1776 and to be standing on your town square hearing what many call one of the Greatest Documents ever written, being read aloud.....

Happy 4th!



  1. Very nice.
    Happy Fourth, Sluggy!

    1. I raise my box of wine as well in celebration. Happy 4th Mark!

  2. OMG! Sluggy, we could be related way back when. My mom is a Foster.

    1. Well it wouldn't surprise me in the least!lol
      That would be cool.....go do some genalogical digging and let me know which Fosters you come up with.

    2. My dad has done a lot of research. I will have to go look it up. Most of his research is on his side though. He traced his mom's family back to 11th century England and Ireland.

    3. Go look it up Frances! My Foster line tho it mainly stayed in VA has branches that went into TN, NC, KY and mine which detoured down to SC with Robert's grandfather, Thomas. The Grandfather, grandson and great grandson lived in SC but my line moved back to VA after that.

  3. Oh, yeah, Happy Independence Day!

  4. Good post for those who want to give up our freedoms fought for so long ago. Hey, I love the new background. The last one gave me a twitch in my eye everytime I clicked on your

    Happy Fourth!

    1. Yah, we have that "those that don't remember the past are doomed to repeat it" thing going on today, don't we?

      I am sure some of them are spinning in their graves.

      Glad the new background makes you twitch

      And Happy 4th Linda!

  5. I am thankful for all the sacrifices that have been made for my freedom!!!


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