By M. William Phelps

Even if well-known for his purported final words—“I merely remorse that i've got yet one existence to lose for my country”—few humans understand the genuine Nathan Hale.

M. William Phelps brings into concentration the lifetime of this famed patriot and primary undercover agent of the yank Revolution, charting Hale’s rural formative years, his schooling at Yale, and his paintings as a schoolteacher. Like many younger american citizens, he was once quickly drawn into the colonies’ conflict for independence and have become a captain in Washington’s military. while the overall was once wanting a secret agent, Hale willingly rose to the problem, amassing intelligence at the back of British strains on ny, and in any case bravely sacrificing his lifestyles for the sake of yank liberty.

Using Hale’s personal journals and letters in addition to stories from his buddies and contemporaries, Phelps depicts the Revolution because it used to be visible from the floor. From the disagreement in Boston to the conflict for brand spanking new York urban, readers adventure what lifestyles used to be like for a standard soldier within the suffering Continental Army.

In this remarkable, well-researched biography, Phelps separates ancient truth from long-standing fantasy to bare the reality approximately Nathan Hale, a tender guy who merits to be remembered as an unique American patriot.

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Qxp 7/23/08 9:05 PM Page 20 20 — n a t h a n h a l e what little free time he had by getting involved in another traditional Yale pastime: mischief. On a clear and cool night in March 1771, Nathan, Enoch, Benjamin Tallmadge, and a few fellow classmates roamed around campus looking for something to keep themselves occupied. Fueled by the tedium of such a structured curriculum and possibly also by an evening at the local tavern, the boys went out and broke several windows around campus. ” Nathan would never make valedictorian or any other distinction at Yale beyond honors.

7 And so, within just a short time of being in New London, Nathan was back in the swing of life: conversing with family, taking nightly strolls through a bustling city, and preparing to educate the children of the most esteemed members of New London’s society—everything he had been waiting for. As soon as Nathan began holding classes, townspeople were enthralled by his charm and dedication to education. Frances Caulkins, who lived in New London all her life, would later interview former students of Nathan’s and speak to other people in town who remembered him.

At the end of the letter, he explained that if he had not heard from them by May 6 the following year, 1770, he would send horses for a trip home— that is, if their Yale tutors allowed them a leave. “Your friends are all well,” he concluded, “. . ”26 During his years at Yale, Nathan grew into an insightful and outspoken contributor to the college culture. As he and Enoch entered their sophomore year, Enoch was chosen for membership in Linonia, a secret fraternity founded in 1753. Nathan became a member two weeks later on November 20, along with his new friend James Hillhouse.

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