Nathan Hale - was an American soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War. He volunteered for an intelligence-gathering mission in New York City but was captured by the British and executed. His last words before being hanged were purported to be "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country." Hale has long been considered an American hero and, in 1985, he was officially designated the state hero of Connecticut.
How to Pick a Soldier for the Continental Army (No Short Guys Need Apply)
Undated sheet ( thought to be between 1777 and 1784), addressed to a “Col. Jackson,” issues instructions for enlistment of men in the Continental Army. It lists the attributes and qualities recruiting officers should look for when searching and enlisting men. Some rules may be familiar, some may surprise- and certain restrictions were treated with greater flexibility in real life than on paper...
Memorial Day: Joseph Warren: Just before the battle began he went to the redoubt on Breed's Hill with a musket in his hand, and was offered the command by Col. Prescott & Gen. Putnam, but declined, and fought as a volunteer in the ranks. He was one of the last to leave the redoubt. A British officer who knew him called out to him by name to surrender, at the same time commanding his men to cease firing. As Warren turned, attracted by the voice, a bullet penetrated his brain and he fell dead.