Nathan

Nathan ? ?Hale: ? ?Soldier ? ?and ? ?Spy

Mackenzie ? ?Fullen
479 ? ?Town ? ?St.
Circleville, ? ?Ohio ? ?43113
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C.P. ? ?English ? ?III ? ?(Grade ? ?11)
Circleville ? ?High ? ?School
380 ? ?Clark ? ?Dr.
Circleville, ? ?Ohio ? ?43113
(740) ? ?474-4846

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Nathan ? ?Hale: ? ?Soldier ? ?and ? ?Spy
“I ? ?only ? ?regret ? ?that ? ?I ? ?have ? ?but ? ?one ? ?life ? ?to ? ?give ? ?to ? ?my ? ?country”, ? ?Nathan ? ?Hale ? ?uttered ? ?this
statement ? ?on ? ?September ? ?22, ? ?1776, ? ?in ? ?New ? ?York ? ?City ? ?(“Nathan ? ?Hale”) ? ?before ? ?he ? ?was ? ?hanged ? ?by
his ? ?British ? ?captors ? ?after ? ?the ? ?accusation ? ?of ? ?being ? ?a ? ?spy. ? ?Nathan ? ?Hale ? ?graduated ? ?from ? ?Yale
University ? ?in ? ?1773 ? ?and ? ?soon ? ?after ? ?he ? ?became ? ?a ? ?schoolteacher. ? ?Hale ? ?was ? ?passionate ? ?about
teaching ? ?and ? ?enjoyed ? ?his ? ?career ? ?path, ? ?but ? ?felt ? ?it ? ?was ? ?necessary ? ?to ? ?show ? ?his ? ?patriotism ? ?through
joining ? ?the ? ?Connecticut ? ?regiment. ? ?Due ? ?to ? ?his ? ?patriotism, ? ?he ? ?quickly ? ?surpassed ? ?the ? ?others ? ?and ? ?was
promoted ? ?to ? ?captain. ?? ??Hale ? ?was ? ?ordered ? ?by ? ?General ? ?George ? ?Washington ? ?to ? ?go ? ?behind ? ?enemy ? ?lines
on ? ?a ? ?secret ? ?mission ? ?to ? ?gather ? ?information ? ?on ? ?the ? ?British ? ?Army’s ? ?location. ? ?Hale ? ?did ? ?not ? ?know ? ?this
secret ? ?mission ? ?would ? ?lead ? ?to ? ?his ? ?death ? ?( ?Nathan ? ?Hale ? ?- ? ?June ? ?6, ? ?1755 ? ?to ? ?September ? ?22, ? ?1776 ?).
Despite ? ?his ? ?dishonorable ? ?occupation ? ?as ? ?a ? ?spy, ? ?Hale ? ?was ? ?a ? ?virtuous ? ?man ? ?who ? ?exhibited ? ?good
morals ? ?through ? ?his ? ?actions ? ?as ? ?a ? ?teacher, ? ?soldier, ? ?and ? ?spy.
Nathan ? ?Hale ? ?was ? ?a ? ?respected ? ?young ? ?man, ? ?born ? ?into ? ?two ? ?honorable ? ?families, ? ?Richard ? ?Hale
and ? ?Elizabeth ? ?Strong. ? ?They ? ?were ? ?devout ? ?Puritans ? ?who ? ?encouraged ? ?religion, ? ?work ? ?and ? ?education
(Lough ? ?11-12). ? ?His ? ?family ? ?had ? ?a ? ?strong ? ?impact ? ?on ? ?his ? ?values, ? ?including ? ?his ? ?love ? ?for ? ?educating.
Hale ? ?was ? ?sent ? ?to ? ?Yale ? ?where ? ?he ? ?graduated ? ?with ? ?honors ? ?and ? ?continued ? ?to ? ?live ? ?up ? ?to ? ?his
expectations. ? ?He ? ?was ? ?liked ? ?by ? ?many. ? ?Shortly ? ?after ? ?becoming ? ?a ? ?schoolteacher, ? ?Hale, ? ?with ? ?his
motivation ? ?to ? ?educate, ? ?obtained ? ?a ? ?teaching ? ?position ? ?at ? ?a ? ?private ? ?academy ? ?in ? ?New ? ?London. ? ?A ? ?year
later, ? ?the ? ?American ? ?Revolution ? ?begins. ? ?News ? ?from ? ?the ? ?battles ? ?of ? ?Lexington ? ?and ? ?Concord ? ?quickly
reached ? ?Connecticut. ? ?Two ? ?of ? ?Hale’s ? ?brothers ? ?marched ? ?off ? ?to ? ?Massachusetts ? ?with ? ?the ? ?Connecticut
militia; ? ?Hale ? ?himself ? ?enlisted ? ?a ? ?few ? ?weeks ? ?later, ? ?on ? ?July ? ?6, ? ?1775 ? ?(“Nathan ? ?Hale: ? ?The ? ?Man ? ?and ? ?the
Legend.”). ? ?? ?Although, ? ?Hale ? ?was ? ?unable ? ?to ? ?fight ? ?because ? ?of ? ?his ? ?teaching ? ?contract. ? ?Hale ? ?believed ? ?it

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was ? ?unfair ? ?and ? ?was ? ?greatly ? ?upset ? ?that ? ?he ? ?could ? ?not ? ?fight ? ?for ? ?his ? ?country. ? ?This ? ?was ? ?resolved ? ?in
early ? ?July ? ?when ? ?Nathan ? ?received ? ?a ? ?letter ? ?from ? ?a ? ?friend, ? ?encouraging ? ?him ? ?to ? ?come ? ?and ? ?fight. ? ?Hale
left ? ?the ? ?same ? ?day ? ?he ? ?received ? ?the ? ?letter ? ?(Zemlicka ? ?48).
Hale ? ?kept ? ?a ? ?daily ? ?diary ? ?at ? ?the ? ?Siege ? ?of ? ?Boston. ? ?He ? ?wrote ? ?about ? ?the ? ?activities ? ?of ? ?a ? ?young
officer. ? ?He ? ?enjoyed ? ?military ? ?life, ? ?and ? ?sought ? ?to ? ?be ? ?the ? ?best ? ?officer ? ?he ? ?could ? ?be. ? ?He ? ?was ? ?happy
being ? ?enlisted ? ?in ? ?the ? ?military ? ?and ? ?would ? ?not ? ?accept ? ?leave ? ?( ?A ? ?Tribute ? ?to ? ?Nathan ? ?Hale ? ?– ? ?Teacher,
Soldier, ? ?Hero) ?. ? ?In ? ?January ? ?1776, ? ?the ? ?Continental ? ?Army ? ?was ? ?reorganized ? ?and ? ?Nathan ? ?was
promoted ? ?to ? ?captain ? ?in ? ?the ? ?new ? ?19th ? ?Connecticut ? ?Regiment. ? ?In ? ?the ? ?spring, ? ?the ? ?Continentals
moved ? ?to ? ?Manhattan ? ?to ? ?stop ? ?the ? ?British ? ?from ? ?taking ? ?New ? ?York ? ?City. ? ?Nathan ? ?spent ? ?almost ? ?six
months ? ?there, ? ?building ? ?fortifications ? ?and ? ?preparing ? ?for ? ?the ? ?battle ? ?against ? ?the ? ?British ? ?(Phelps
119-21). ? ?Hale ? ?guarded ? ?forts ? ?in ? ?preparation ? ?of ? ?the ? ?British ? ?invasion ? ?of ? ?Long ? ?Island, ? ?but ? ?the ? ?forts
were ? ?not ? ?attacked ? ?and ? ?Hale ? ?was ? ?yet ? ?to ? ?see ? ?any ? ?combat. ? ?On ? ?September ? ?1, ? ?1776, ? ?? ?Hale ? ?was ? ?invited
to ? ?command ? ?one ? ?of ? ?the ? ?four ? ?groups ? ?who ? ?would ? ?patrol ? ?the ? ?Westchester ? ?and ? ?Manhattan ? ?shorelines.
Military ? ?leader, ? ?Washington, ? ?knew ? ?that ? ?he ? ?could ? ?not ? ?defend ? ?all ? ?of ? ?Manhattan, ? ?and ? ?he ? ?desperately
needed ? ?to ? ?know ? ?where ? ?the ? ?British ? ?were ? ?going ? ?to ? ?attack; ? ?he ? ?needed ? ?a ? ?spy. ? ?Hale ? ?volunteered ? ?to ? ?spy
on ? ?the ? ?British ? ?and ? ?go ? ?behind ? ?enemy ? ?lines ? ?on ? ?Long ? ?Island. ? ?This ? ?job ? ?was ? ?not ? ?only ? ?dangerous, ? ?but ? ?it
was ? ?also ? ?considered ? ?highly ? ?dishonorable ? ?and ? ?unworthy ? ?of ? ?a ? ?gentleman, ? ?and ? ?he ? ?even ? ?faced ? ?the
risk ? ?of ? ?getting ? ?hanged. ? ?Captain ? ?William ? ?Hull ? ?tried ? ?to ? ?talk ? ?him ? ?out ? ?of ? ?it, ? ?but ? ?Hale ? ?said ? ?it ? ?was ? ?for
the ? ?"public ? ?good." ? ?( ?”Nathan ? ?Hale: ? ?The ? ?Man ? ?and ? ?the ? ?Legend.”) ? ?Hale ? ?was ? ?more ? ?concerned ? ?with
helping ? ?General ? ?Washington ? ?and ? ?the ? ?rest ? ?of ? ?the ? ?soldiers ? ?than ? ?he ? ?was ? ?concerned ? ?about ? ?his ? ?life.
Hale ? ?traveled ? ?to ? ?Long ? ?Island ? ?where ? ?he ? ?would ? ?be ? ?spying ? ?on ? ?the ? ?British. ? ?He ? ?wore ? ?an ? ?old
coat, ? ?a ? ?hat, ? ?and ? ?a ? ?pair ? ?of ? ?boots ? ?that ? ?held ? ?a ? ?piece ? ?of ? ?paper ? ?that ? ?had ? ?a ? ?picture ? ?Hale ? ?drew ? ?of ? ?the ? ?king

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on ? ?it ? ?(Phelps ? ?151-55). ? ?? ?Hale ? ?walked ? ?miles ? ?every ? ?day, ? ?running ? ?into ? ?redcoats ? ?wherever ? ?he ? ?went. ? ?He
talked ? ?to ? ?the ? ?redcoats, ? ?gaining ? ?intelligence, ? ?hoping ? ?to ? ?figure ? ?out ? ?their ? ?next ? ?move. ? ?Hale ? ?was ? ?to ? ?be
picked ? ?up ? ?on ? ?the ? ?beach ? ?three ? ?days ? ?after ? ?he ? ?began ? ?his ? ?spying ? ?mission. ? ?Eventually, ? ?a ? ?boat ? ?came ? ?and
he ? ?rushed ? ?on, ? ?but ? ?the ? ?redcoats ? ?occupied ? ?the ? ?boat. ? ?After ? ?Hale ? ?refused ? ?to ? ?work ? ?for ? ?the ? ?British, ? ?he
was ? ?captured ? ?( ?Nathan ? ?Hale ? ?- ? ?June ? ?6, ? ?1755 ? ?to ? ?September ? ?22, ? ?1776 ?). ? ?Hale ? ?chose ? ?to ? ?die ? ?for ? ?his
country ? ?rather ? ?than ? ?be ? ?a ? ?traitor ? ?The ? ?British ? ?proceeded ? ?to ? ?ask ? ?Hale ? ?if ? ?he ? ?had ? ?any ? ?last ? ?words, ? ?and
Hale ? ?responded, ? ?”I ? ?only ? ?regret ? ?that ? ?I ? ?have ? ?but ? ?one ? ?life ? ?to ? ?give ? ?to ? ?my ? ?country,” ? ?a ? ?statement ? ?that
has ? ?made ? ?him ? ?a ? ?proverbial ? ?figure ? ?in ? ?history.
In ? ?conclusion, ? ?Nathan ? ?Hale ? ?a ? ?respected ? ?educated ? ?man ? ?put ? ?his ? ?profession ? ?and ? ?life ? ?on ? ?the
line ? ?for ? ?his ? ?country. ? ?Hale’s ? ?decision ? ?to ? ?risk ? ?his ? ?life ? ?for ? ?his ? ?country ? ?was ? ?a ? ?noble ? ?act ? ?of ? ?selflessness.
Hale ? ?altered ? ?the ? ?stereotype ? ?of ? ?spying ? ?being ? ?a ? ?dishonorable ? ?occupation ? ?through ? ?his ? ?patriotism ? ?and
set ? ?the ? ?standard ? ?of ? ?a ? ?true ? ?patriot. ? ?Hale ? ?lived ? ?an ? ?accomplished ? ?life, ? ?a ? ?life ? ?of ? ?a ? ?schoolteacher,
soldier, ? ?and ? ?spy.

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Works ? ?Cited
Lough, ? ?Loree. ? ??Nathan ? ?Hale: ? ?Revolutionary ? ?Hero ?. ? ?Chelsea ? ?House, ? ?2000.
Nathan ? ?Hale ? ?- ? ?June ? ?6, ? ?1755 ? ?to ? ?September ? ?22, ? ?1776 ?,
www.hobart.k12.in.us/gemedia/amrev/revbio/nhale.htm.
“Nathan ? ?Hale.” ? ??Biography.com ?, ? ?A;E ? ?Networks ? ?Television, ? ?6 ? ?Jan. ? ?2017,
www.biography.com/people/nathan-hale-9325477.
“Nathan ? ?Hale: ? ?The ? ?Man ? ?and ? ?the ? ?Legend.” ? ??ConnecticutHistoryorg ?,
connecticuthistory.org/nathan-hale-the-man-and-the-legend/.
Phelps, ? ?M. ? ?William. ? ??Nathan ? ?Hale: ? ?The ? ?Life ? ?and ? ?Death ? ?of ? ?America's ? ?First ? ?Spy ?. ? ?University
Press ? ?of ? ?New ? ?England, ? ?2015.
Shannon ? ?Zemlicka, ? ?Shannon ? ?Knudsen, ? ?Craig ? ?Orback ? ?(Illustrator), ? ?et ? ?al. ? ?”Nathan ? ?Hale.” ? ??By
Shannon ? ?Zemlicka ?, ? ?www.goodreads.com/book/show/248486.Nathan_Hale.
“A ? ?Tribute ? ?to ? ?Nathan ? ?Hale ? ?– ? ?Teacher, ? ?Soldier, ? ?Hero.” ? ??Some ? ?Things ? ?Considered ? ?- ? ?Musings
and ? ?Mumblings ? ?by ? ?S.A. ? ?Hallquist ?, ? ?22 ? ?Sept. ? ?2008,
sahallquist.wordpress.com/2008/09/22/a-tribute-to-nathan-hale-teacher-soldier-hero/.

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