Nathan Hale: Yale 1773 :: Curator: Richard E. Mooney mssa exhibition

Hale’s Life in Connecticut  |  The Years At Yale  |  In The Revolutionary War  |  How Sculptors Saw Him  | George Dudley Seymour  | Images & Namesakes

Hale’s Life In Connecticut: Coventry, East Haddam, New London
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What did Hale look like?
ALt. Elisha Bostwick, an army friend of "the amiable and unfortunate Capt. Nathan Hale," described him in a long recitation of his own army experiences. Using the open space on his commission, Bostwick recorded his recollections in 1826. George Dudley Seymour, Hale's 20th century champion, found it in the files of the Pension Bureau in Washington, D.C.
Bostwick wrote:
     "I can now in imagination see his person & hear his voice - his person was a little above the common stature in height, his shoulders of a moderate breadth, his limbs strait & very plump: regular features - very fair skin - blue eyes - flaxen or very light hair always kept short - his voice rather sharp or piercing…. His mental powers seemed to be above the common sort - his mind of a sedate and sober cast, & he was undoubtedly pious; for it was remark'd that when any of the soldiers of his company were sick he always visited them & usually Prayed for & with them in their sickness…."