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Did you know that Nathan Hale was born today in 1755? He was an American teacher and then soldier during the Revolutionary War. After the Battle of Long Island, General Washington needed someone to gather information about the British Army’s plans, Nathan Hale was the only volunteer for this dangerous mission. As he was spying, he was caught by the British Army. Before he was executed, Nathan Hale is recognized as saying bravely, “I only regret, that I have but one life to lose for my country.”

We hope that you have a courageous day at school today. Remember to think kind thoughts, use kind words, and do kind things. We Love You.

 

Bonus Facts:
Nathan Hale graduated with first-class honors from Yale College when he was 18. He became a teacher in New London.

Nathan Hale’s Connecticut militia unit answered the call during the Siege of Boston, but Nathan Hale did not join them. Historians say that he was still held by his teaching contract in New London, or that at that point he was still unsure if he wanted to fight.

He was inspired by one of his former classmates, Benjamin Tallmadge, to fight for the American cause and joined the 7th Connecticut Regiment.

Nathan Hale was caught by Robert Rogers, a soldier with shifting loyalties. He was a leader during the French and Indian Wars. However, during the American Revolution, he was asked to join the Continental Army, but declined stating that he was a British Officer. Later he tried to get a commission in the Continental Army, but was arrested instead. He escaped and worked with the British Army.

Other historical sources said that Nathan Hale was caught and exposed by his cousin Samuel Hale.

Nathan Hale was 21 when he was caught and executed by the British Army.

All of the statues, and likenesses of Nathan Hale were created entirely by the artists. There are no known portraits of him, only descriptions. Most descriptions say that he had blonde hair, blue eyes, was taller than average, and was steady and responsible.

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