After graduating from Yale at 18 in 1773, Nathan Hale took a teaching post in rural East Haddam, CT. His letters showed he was lonely in the rural town and missed the activity of city life. When an offer came to teach at the Union Grammar School in New London, Hale took it. He taught boys here, but also offered lessons in the classics to girls from 5-7 a.m. After war broke out, Hale's friend and classmate, Benjamin Tallmadge (the future spymaster) urged him to enlist, which he did the next day. After a year in the army, Hale still hadn't seen any action, so when word went out that Washington was seeking volunteers to spy on the British, Hale signed up. He took a boat from Norwalk, Connecticut to British-held Long Island, where he posed as an itinerant Dutch schoolteacher in search of work. While remembered as a hero, the 21-year-old Hale was not the best of spies. The British followed most of his movements and a British officer out of uniform befriended Hale. After Hale spoke of his mission to the officer and others, they seized him and discovered his maps and notes. He was marched to Flushing, Queens and then Manhattan for hanging. While he may not have actually expressed regret at having only one life to give for his country, he is believed to have spoken about following orders and being prepared to bravely face death in the execution thereof. His hanging was 141 years ago this week. Additional images show a stamp featuring Hale's likeness, Connecticut Hall, his dormitory at Yale, and a 1952 Topps trading card featuring Connecticut's official state hero.