Be sure to read the last sentence of the Declaration of Independence:
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor."
What did the signers know they could lose if they lost to Britain?
What did people lose during the Civil War?
What did people lose during World War I?
What did people lose during WWII?
Be sure to repost when you've written up all your thoughts, and someone here will gladly critique your work.
Would you care to give me a direct answer, please? :)