Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Autumnal Equinox and Heroism

Fall begins at 5:18 P.M. EDT today.

Two hundred thirty-three years ago today, Nathan Hale was hanged by the British for spying. General Washington had asked for a volunteer to shadow the movements of Howe's troops. Twenty-one year old Yale graduate Captain Hale stepped forward, thus giving his life for the freedom of a new nation.

"I regret that I have but one life to give for my country."

Nathan Hale, June 6, 1755 - September 21, 1776 RIP
Please read the story of Nathan Hale by Rev. Edward Everett Hale at


Sharkbytes said...

Funny, when I learned about him in school I thought he was a grownup... he's just a kid. (nervous laugh)

Secondary Roads said...

When Sylvia and I lived in Connecticut (19 years), our home was just a few miles from the home where Hale lived as a child.

vanilla said...

Sharkbytes: The details sometimes change the perspective. Of course I get nervous when the Dr. walks into the exam room, and it's Doogie Houser.

I have vacationed in Conn. a couple of times, Chuck. Did not visit Hale's childhood digs, though.