Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

“I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” These were the last words of American patriot Nathan Hale, who was hanged by the British, without a trial, this day, Sept. 22, 1776. A Yale graduate and schoolteacher, he fought in the siege of Boston. He captured a boat full of provisions from under the gun of a British man-of-war. On Long Island, he penetrated the British line to spy for information, but was captured as he returned. His nephew, Edward Everett Hale, a well-known author, wrote: “We are God’s children … you and I, and we have our duties. … Thank God I come from men who are not afraid in battle.”