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  

In The Revolutionary War: One year and a fateful final fortnight
Hale Hanging
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Hale at the gallows
Artists were free to imagine Hale's final hour, escorted to the site of his hanging and waiting at the foot of a ladder with the hangman snarling at him. The typical gallows was any convenient tree. Sometimes the prisoner, his neck in a noose, mounted a ladder that was then yanked away. Other times he stood on a cart that was pulled out from under him. The Marquis de Lafayette heard that Hale stood on a cart.