FAMOUS SPY # 7
1755 - 1776
Spied For: The Continental Army
Nathan Hale was a teacher until the Revolutionary war in 1775. He joined a Connecticut militia. During the Battle of Long Island, Hale volunteered to go behind enemy lines to monitor the movements of the British and became America's first spy. He disguised himself as a Dutch teacher and made his way to New York. He was captured in a tavern and wastricked into betraying himself as a patriot.
He was found guilty of being an illegal combatant and sentenced to death.
Hale is best remembered for his speech before his hanging, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." He was 21 years old.