A great American hero, Nathan Hale, demonstrated remarkable courage and an unshakable faith. Nathan enrolled as a student at Yale at age 13. He graduated with honors. He became a lieutenant in the army shortly after graduation. General George Washington chose Hale to go undercover and as a spy to gain intelligence about British war plans.
Though he was carefully disguised, Nathan was recognized by a British Ranger. He was quickly arrested and sentenced to be executed by hanging. His faith never wavered. He asked for a bible and a clergyman. Both were denied to him.
He then requested writing materials. A final letter to his devoted mother demonstrates the admirable character of this brave American patriot. The next morning he was hanged at the age of 21. In the final moments of his life, he fervently said:
“I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”