Hale, Nathan

Hale, Nathan

Hale, Nathan, 1755-76, American soldier, hero of the American Revolution, b. Coventry, Conn. A young schoolteacher when the Revolution broke out, he was commissioned an officer in the Connecticut militia, served in the siege of Boston, then went to take part in operations in New York. He volunteered for the dangerous mission of getting information about the British forces on Long Island, where he went in the natural disguise of a schoolmaster. Inexperienced, he revealed his mission to a former British officer, was captured, and was hanged without trial. He is remembered especially for the statement he is said to have uttered on the gallows, "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

See biography by H. P. Johnston (1914); M. Pennypacker, General Washington's Spies on Long Island and in New York (1939).

(born June 6, 1755, Coventry, Conn.—died Sept. 22, 1776, Manhattan Island, N.Y., U.S.) American Revolutionary officer. After graduating from Yale University (1773), he became a schoolteacher. In 1775 he joined a Connecticut regiment and took part in the siege of Boston. Made a captain in 1776, he helped capture a British provision sloop on Long Island. Volunteering for spy duty, he penetrated British lines but was captured while returning and hanged without trial the next day at the age of 21. His last words reportedly were, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” a remark similar to one made in Joseph Addison's play Cato.

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Hale can refer to:

People

Surname

From the Old English h(e)alh - nook, hollow or recess.

There was no single family which first took the name; it emerged independently across many parts of the United Kingdom - they took their name from where they lived. People who lived in a halh, - which was a specialised term for the slightest hollow which could afford shelter to a settlement, as opposed to the larger cumb or valley - could be found all over the country.

See also MacHale.

Given name

In fiction

Places

England

Other uses

  • Hale (band), a local band in the Philippines
    • Hale, album from OPM band Hale
  • Robert Hale, a publishing company
  • HALE, a high-altitude long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
  • Hale School, an independent boys' school in Perth, Western Australia
  • Camp Hale, an alpine military training camp in Colorado

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