Nathan Hale | American Battlefield Trust
Default Biography Woodgrain
Revolutionary War
Biography

Nathan Hale

You are here

SHARE THIS
 
Nathan Hale
Nathan Hale
TITLE
Captain
WAR
&
AFFILIATION
Revolutionary War
/
Patriot
DATE OF BIRTH - DEATH
June 6, 1755 - September 22, 1776

Captain Nathan Hale of the 19th Regiment of the Continental Army was one of the first known American spies of the Revolutionary War. In September 1776, he was captured while gathering intelligence behind enemy lines before the Battle of Harlem Heights. When it was discovered that he was carrying incriminating documents, British General William Howe had him executed. Legend holds that when 21-year-old Hale was asked if he had any last words, he replied with the now-famous words, "I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country."