Nathan Hale was born June 6, 1755, in Coventry, Connecticut, to a family of twelve children. He entered Yale at age fourteen to study to become a schoolteacher. After graduating he taught school for two years until the Revolution called. On July 6, 1775, he was commissioned a lieutenant in the Seventh Connecticut militia and later joined the Continental Army in the Nineteenth Continental Regiment stationed in Boston.
When General George Washington called for a volunteer to infiltrate enemy land, Hale was the only person to accept the assignment. Nathan Hale went under cover as a Dutch schoolmaster for the Revolutionary cause. He entered British occupied New York to collect information. Lacking basic training in the art of spying he was soon captured by the British and hanged on September 22, 1776. The British executioner asked him if he had any final words, and he responded “I only regret I have but one life to lose for my country.” Nathan Hale was the first American captured and executed for spying.
This memorial to him was erected by the Chicago Tribune, and dedicated on June 4, 1940. It is a replica of the statue of Hale that sits on the old campus of Yale University and another installed in his birthplace of Coventry, Connecticut. The image, Chicago – Nathan Hale statue, was originally uploaded by wallyg. It is posted here from Neddy’s favorites.