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Nathan Hale


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

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Attribution: Nathan Hale's last words before being hanged by the British as a spy.

Date: September 22, 1776.

Nathan Hale


Born in Coventry, CT. He was a young schoolteacher when the American Revolution broke out. He was commissioned as an officer in the Connecticut militia and served in the siege of Boston. He volunteered to spy on the British forces on Long Island, N.Y. He inadvertently revealed his mission to a former British officer and was captured and hanged without trial.


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