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Why Is the Site of Nathan Hale’s Execution Commemorated Both in City Hall Park and on The Upper East Side?

Hale is remembered for his supposed last words, "I regret that I have but one life to lose for my country," but other facts surrounding Nathan Hale's death are also murky. Accused of burning New York as Washington retreated, it's long believed that Hale was captured and executed by the British in Lower Manhattan. However, a British officer's papers now retained by the New-York Historical Society place the site near today's 77th Street and 3rd Avenue.

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