Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Gov. Jonathan Trumbull and Captain Nathan Hale




Gov. Jonathan Trumbull and Captain Nathan Hale




Nathan Hale, 1911 Royal Bengals Little Cigars,
Heroes of History Series Card



Captain Nathan Hale was hanged by the British in New York on September 22, 1776. In a letter from General George Washington to Governor Jonathan Trumbull dated, "Head Quarters Heights of Harlem Sepr 23d 1776,"[1] Washington writes,

"On Friday night about eleven or twelve oClock a fire broke out in the City of New York, which burning rapidly till after Sunrise next morning, destroyed a great number of Houses—By what means it happened we do not know; but the Gentleman who brought the letter out last night from General Howe, and who was one of his Aid De Camps informed Colo. Reed that several of our Countrymen had been punished with various deaths on account of it. Some by hanging, others by burning & c. alledging that they were apprehended when committing the fact."[2]





My first time visiting the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse in New London, Connecticut during the American Bicentennial.




From the mid 1990's to the early 2000's The Gen. Israel Putnam Branch CTSSAR and its Living History/Color Guard Unit, The 11th Regiment Connecticut Militia held an annual wreath laying and remembrance ceremony for Captain Nathan Hale in Coventry, Connecticut.




We also participated in the annual Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums' "Hale at the Homestead," Encampment and Muster Weekend at the Nathan Hale Homestead in Coventry, Connecticut for many years.










In 2005 the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution commemorated Captain Nathan Hale's 250th Birthday with special events throughout the State.


Captain Nathan Hale is Connecticut's Official State Hero





I had the honor of being the chairman of the CTSSAR Captain Nathan Hale 250 Committee, and it was my first time organizing a weekend Revolutionary War Encampment at the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse in East Haddam, Connecticut. The Nathan Hale Schoolhouses in East Haddam and New London, Connecticut were also part of the CTSSAR Revolutionary War History Symposium which included noted Revolutionary War authors and historians sponsored in part by the NSSAR George Washington Endowment Fund.




The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) instituted the first annual "Schooldays at the Schoolhouse" educational program on June 3, 2005 for local schools, which is still held annually, and the new flag pole was dedicated on June 4, 2005. The event was also attended by the President General of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.



Annual Schooldays at the Schoolhouse









An article on the event appeared in the Fall 2005 edition of The SAR Magazine, 
published by the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.



Connecticut SAR
Captain Nathan Hale 250th Birthday
~ First Annual Schooldays at the Schoolhouse ~
Friday June 3, 2005
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, East Haddam, Connecticut

and

Connecticut SAR
Captain Nathan Hale 250th Birthday
~ Revolutionary War Encampment ~
Friday June 3, 2005 to Sunday June 5, 2005
Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, East Haddam, Connecticut

and

Connecticut SAR
Captain Nathan Hale 250th Birthday
~ Revolutionary War History Symposium ~
Nathan Hale Schoolhouses, East Haddam and New London, Connecticut
Saturday June 4, 2005 to Sunday June 5, 2005

and

Connecticut SAR
Captain Nathan Hale 250th Birthday
~ Statewide Commemoration Ceremonies ~
Monday June 6, 2005

* Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry, Connecticut
* Nathan Hale Statue, William's Park, New London, Connecticut
* Nathan Hale Bust, East Haddam, Connecticut
* Nathan Hale Statue, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
* Nathan Hale Statue, State Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut








First Annual Schooldays at the Schoolhouse



The Revolutionary War Encampment begins!














Sutlers


Opening Ceremonies





Artillery







Moodus Fife and Drum Corps




Campsite of the New England Contingent, Living History/Color Guard Unit of the 
New England District of the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution



Colonial Pottery




 Flax Spinning



Colonial Medicine




Tinsmith


Blacksmith


Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums





















Flag Pole Dedication Ceremony



The New England Contingent SAR and The Connecticut Line CTSSAR












~ Connecticut SAR Revolutionary War Lecture Series ~

Nathan Hale Schoolhouse and St. Stephen's Church, East Haddam, Connecticut

Speakers:

George C. Neumann
"How George Washington Won the Un-winnable War"

Richard E. Mooney
"Captain Nathan Hale"

Keith M. Jones III
"The Battle of Ridgefield, Connecticut, April 27, 1777"

Gregory T. Edgar
"Our Reluctant Break with Britain"

John Callahan
"The World Turned Upside Down, . . . A Story of Lexington"

(Lectures were also held at the Nathan Hale Schoolhouse, New London, Connecticut.)

Speakers:

Robert G. Carroon
"Benjamin Tallmadge, Nathan Hale, and Military Intelligence during 
the American War for Independence"

Kevin Johnson
"Jordan Freeman, African-American Patriot and Hero of the 
Battle of Groton Heights (Fort Griswold), September 6, 1781"

William Hosley
"America's First Patriot, Nathan Hale, Connecticut's State Hero"


















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Connecticut SAR
Captain Nathan Hale 250th Birthday
~ Statewide Commemoration Ceremonies ~
Monday June 6, 2005

* Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry, Connecticut
* Nathan Hale Statue, William's Park, New London, Connecticut
* Nathan Hale Bust, East Haddam, Connecticut
* Nathan Hale Statue, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
* Nathan Hale Statue, State Capitol, Hartford, Connecticut














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Members of the Connecticut Line CTSSAR serve as Color Guard at the Nathan Hale Homestead
"Birth of a Hero, Celebrating Nathan Hale's 250th Birthday" Revolutionary War Encampment,
Nathan Hale Homestead, Coventry, Connecticut, June 11, 2005.




Members of the Connecticut Line CTSSAR march in the Captain Nathan Hale 250th Birthday 
Parade in Coventry, Connecticut, June 11, 2005.



Notes:

1. From George Washington to Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., 23 September 1776,” Founders Online, National Archives, accessed September 29, 2019, https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Washington/03-06-02-0296. [Original source: The Papers of George Washington, Revolutionary War Series, vol. 6, 13 August 1776 – 20 October 1776, ed. Philander D. Chase and Frank E. Grizzard, Jr. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1994, pp. 380–382.]
2. Ibid.







The Nathan Hale Schoolhouses in East Haddam and New London, Connecticut 
are owned and maintained by 
The Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution






1 comment:

  1. This is great stuff! Great job putting all this together!

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