“These are the times that try men’s souls…”

During the Revolutionary War, getting soldiers to stay in the Continental Army was one of the biggest problems facing the American commander in chief, General George Washington. Many American soldiers were non-professional militiamen who volunteered for a limited number of months, usually during the spring or summer. After a short stint, they were legally allowed … Read more

“Give me liberty or give me death!” – famous words Patrick Henry probably didn’t say…

In late March of 1775, the American Revolution had not yet started. The “shot heard ‘round the world” was still a few weeks away. But, to a growing number of Americans, a fight seemed inevitable if Great Britain continued to try to enforce its oppressive “Intolerable Acts” and taxes. Some of the more militant American … Read more

Is Nathan Hale’s legendary line “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country” a true quote, a misquote or pure fiction?

On September 22, 1776, during the Revolutionary War, a former school teacher named Nathan Hale was hanged by the British for being a rebel spy. According to legend, Hale uttered a stirring, patriotic line just before his death:        “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.” Hale was … Read more