Nathan Hale’s Ghost

On September 12, 1776, a twenty-one year old American Captain volunteered to go behind enemy lines and gather intelligence on British troop movements. He is considered by many to be America’s first spy.

He is now a shining example of American patriotism. Captured by the British a week after his mission began, He was interrogated, beaten, and berated.

On the 22nd of that same month, he was led to the gallows as a traitor to the British empire. Before his last breath was taken, he would utter the now famous line, “I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”


He was twenty-one years old. Do you know many men of that same age that would do a thing like that? Do you know anyone that would have the intestinal fortitude to not sell their soul or their country in their own darkest days?

Unfortunately, you probably don’t know too many of them.

The vast majority of the twenty one year olds (other than in the military) are worried about X-box, what bar they are going to, and the quickest way to score. Ask them about Nathan Hale, and you would probably get a blank stare.

It’s a sad state of affairs. Nathan Hale has more to say.

Published in: on January 23, 2009 at 6:28 am  Comments (1)  
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  1. I did much research for my historical novel, Nathan Hale, and am amazed at the strength of character, as well as physical strength, that he demonstrated. You’re right – we don’t see too many like that today.

    Randolph Mase, Fiction Writer

    My Novels:
    Death on Broadway
    Death Beneath the Streets
    Death in Central Park
    Death in The Cloisters (work in progress)
    Nathan Hale

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