Nathan Hale Homestead archive

Nathan Hale, born and raised in Connecticut, is considered the official hero of the state, having volunteered his services as an American spy on September 8, 1776 during the American Revolution. However, he was quickly captured by the British. Being a spy was automatically punishable by death.

On September 22, 1776, Nathan Hale was hanged as a result of his actions as an American spy. As the noose tightened around his neck, he is reported to have spoken the following words:

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

He was 21 years old.