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Nathan Hale Statue, Yale
Hale enlisted as a lieutenant in July 1775. He became a captain in January 1776 and in September took on his short-lived role as a spy. He was captured by the British and executed the same month.
Yale's Nathan Hale statue is one of several unveiled over the decades. In 1893, a statue commissioned by the Sons of the Revolution and sculpted by Frederick MacMonnies was dedicated in New York's City Hall Park. Twenty years later, Bela Lyon Pratt's Hale statue was unveiled on Yale's Old Campus. A copy of this statue stands at CIA headquarters in Virginia. Despite campus legends that claim that the CIA attempted to steal Yale's statue of Hale, Professor Emeritus Gaddis Smith's comprehensive history of Yale sets the record straight- the CIA asked permission to create a close replica of the statue. Another Nathan Hale statue, created by Karl Gerhardt, exists in the Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford. In Gerhardt's vision, Hale is unbound, whereas in Pratt's statue Hale's feet are tied, and he appears in the moments before his execution.
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"Public Art at Yale: Nathan Hale, 1913." Yale University Visitor Center. Accessed May 16, 2017. http://visitorcenter.yale.edu/tours/public-art-yale.
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