Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nathan Hale

Nathan Hale -- from Coventry, Connecticut, about 20 miles east of Hartford -- was an American spy during the American Revolution.  He was captured by the British.  As he was about to be hanged, his defiant last words were "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country."

Nathan Hale's statue has stood in a prominent location on the front lawn of the Wadsworth Atheneum for more than a century.  During the museum's current renovations, Mr. Hale stands forlorn behind a high wall, amidst construction debris, visible only to tall photographers who know that he is sulking over there.

9 comments:

Cezar and Léia said...

Very interesting story, an important homage for this man!
Léia

Birdman said...

For sure. But in time he'll regain his rightful place. "I regret that I have been put in such a predicament."

VP said...

How nice you discovered this brave man's statue for us, I hope he'll get soon back a more dignified spot. I agree about the tall photographers, sometimes a couple of inches can do the difference!

lizziviggi said...

Poor Mr. Hale! The indignity of it all.

Jacob said...

Good job. Old Nathan has been neglected way too long!

Randy said...

Nicely captured!

Joan Perry; Sidewalk Curator said...

Love the natural frame!

jennyfreckles said...

Congratulations on your 100th post! Hopefully Mr Hale will soon have a better view.

Sharon said...

Hopefully, he'll be back among the throngs very soon!