Summary

Hale became an American hero when he was captured and hanged by the British for spying during the Revolutionary War.

Conflict Period:
Revolutionary War 1
Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 2
Birth:
06 Jun 1755 3
Coventry, Connecticut 4
Death:
22 Sep 1776 4
New York City, New York 4
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Full Name:
Nathan Hale 1
Birth:
06 Jun 1755 3
Coventry, Connecticut 3
Death:
22 Sep 1776 3
New York City, New York 3
Cause: Hanging 3
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Birth:
Mother: Elizabeth Strong 4
Father: Richard Hale 4
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Revolutionary War 1

Branch:
Army 1
Rank:
Captain 2
Regiment:
Nineteenth Regiment 1
State:
Continental Troops 1
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Quote:
I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country. 3
Occupation:
Teacher, American spy 2
Education:
Institution: Yale 3
Place: New Haven, Connecticut 3
From: 1768 3
To: 1773 3

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American Spy

On 10 September 1776, Nathan Hale volunteered when George Washington asked for a spy to gather information on the British in Long Island, New York. Hale, a former teacher, was captain of the Continental Army’s 19th Regiment, though he’d yet to experience battle. Disguised as a schoolmaster, Hale was behind British lines during the invasion of Manhattan. On 21 September, Hale was captured while trying to return to safety and was found with documents that proved him a spy. He was hanged by the British on 22 September. His supposed last words, now famous, were "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country." Hale was 21 years old.

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