How beautiful is death, when earn'd by virtue!
Who would not be that youth? What pity is it
That we can die but once to serve our country.
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Today In History: Illegal combatant.
On this day in 1776, 21-year-old Capt. Nathan Hale of the Continental Army was
hung(Dammit!) hanged for the crime of spying in the British rear area while disguised as a civilian. Behaving with great dignity and composure at the execution site, his alleged last words may have come from the play Cato, by Joseph Addison: