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New London in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Nathan Hale

Schoolteacher & Spy from Connecticut

 
 
Nathan Hale Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
1. Nathan Hale Marker
Inscription.
A Yale graduate, Hale began teaching here in the Union School House in 1774. He taught all ages and levels of boys at the same time. A progressive teacher for his day, Hale openly rewarded success in the classroom. He also believed in teaching girls, although at special times set apart from instruction for the boys.

Deeply committed to liberty, he left teaching to serve the American Army in 1775. During the New York Campaign, he volunteered to serve as a spy for General Washington. With the help of Stephen Hempstead, he crossed enemy lines but he was discovered, captured and hanged for his spying. His final words, which spoke eloquently of his devotion to the American cause, will live forever.

I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”   –   Nathan Hale

 
Location. 41° 21.264′ N, 72° 5.627′ W. Marker is in New London, Connecticut, in New London County. Marker is at the intersection of Water Street and State Street, on the left when traveling north on Water Street. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: New London CT 06320, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Revolutionary New London (here, next to this marker); Revolutionary War Privateering
Markers in New London Plaza image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
2. Markers in New London Plaza
Several markers are found at this location. The Nathan Hale marker is seen here on the right.
(here, next to this marker); Nathan Hale Schoolhouse (a few steps from this marker); New London Soldiers & Sailors Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); Whaling in New London (within shouting distance of this marker); Native Americans (within shouting distance of this marker); The Roots of the US Coast Guard (within shouting distance of this marker); The Atlantic Trade (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in New London.
 
More about this marker. The bottom left of the marker features an engraving of a Reward of Merit that was signed by Nathan Hale.
 
Also see . . .  Captain Nathan Hale (1755 - 1776). Biography of Nathan Hale from the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution website. (Submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Nathan Hale Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
3. Nathan Hale Marker
The schoolhouse where Nathan taught while in New London can be seen behind the marker.
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
4. Nathan Hale Schoolhouse
Nathan Hale Statue image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, October 9, 2011
5. Nathan Hale Statue
This statue of Nathan Hale is located a few miles west of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 471 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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