Nathan Hale


Nathan Hale


In September 1776 Hale volunteered for a spying mission behind the British lines in New York. He was disguised as a Dutch schoolteacher, but was betrayed, arrested, and hanged on the following day. On the scaffold he is reported to have said, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

Biographical Note: 

Nathan Hale was a U.S. Revolutionary patriot. In 1975, at the age of twenty, he enrolled in a Connecticut militia. On September 8, 1776, George Washington sought out a volunteer to go behind enemy lines and gather intelligence. Nathan Hale was the only man who volunteered.

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