New London in New London County, Connecticut — The American Northeast (New England)
Schoolteacher & Spy from Connecticut
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. Touch 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 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). Touch for a list and map 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 •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 487 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on October 14, 2011, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.