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Patriots in History

A True Patriot:

Nathan Hale
1755 - 1776

A little over two months after the Declaration of Independence was written, a young man faced the ultimate sacrifice for his country.  In is last words he was quoted as saying "I regret that I have but one life to give for my country." Although he never witnessed the greatness of his country, his patriotic example has stood for hundreds of years in America.  His story is America's story. At the age of only 22 years, Nathan Hale gave his life for our country as a true patriot.

While history has left little information about this remarkable young man, his story is not that much different that many of the soldiers today fighting for freedom. He attended college and obtained a degree from Yale University.

He first joined the military as a first Lieutenant in the 7th Connecticut army through the siege of Boston. He was later promoted to the rank of Captain and served in General Washington's army as it marched from Boston to New York. Because of his intelligence and leadership, Captain Hale was assigned to a special corps of rangers on September 1, 1776 which was organized to reconnoiter enemy positions.

During the next 22 days, General Washington faced fierce opposition from the British as his armies were pushed across Manhattan. Desiring to get a fix on the enemy positions, General Washington called upon the special small corps of rangers to secure information about the enemy's locations. Captain Hale volunteered for the mission and posed as a schoolmaster seeking a position on both Long Island and Manhattan. While returning to Huntington Bay with critical information for General Washington, Captain Hale was captured.

Shortly after his capture, Sir William Howe examined Nathan Hale and condemned him of being a spy. On a Sunday morning, September 22, 1776, Nathan Hale spoke his last famous words before he was hung by the British.

His bravery and patriotism will never be forgotten.  His short lived appearance on the stage of the American Revolutionary War highlights the true American spirit of our great nation. It is because of the brave men of the past like Nathan Hale that we live in the land of the free.

Sacrifice for free is not duty but an honor.



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