I’ve blogged a couple of pictures of historic Jamestown since I arrived in Virginia, simply because it is one of the places here that I’d really like to visit. (The story of John Smith made a pretty big impression on me long ago as a schoolboy.)
Following my post yesterday, here’s a particularly good photo of the statue of John Smith there, passed along to me today by Mary Washington College Alumnus Nick Miller. Nick is pictured below with his wife, Robin; they were there in August. That’s the 1639 Jamestown Church behind them. (I’m not sure if those crosses are the same one that I posted yesterday.)
“I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country.”
— volunteer Nathan Hale, hanged by the British at the age of 21 in Manhattan as an “illegal combatant.”
On September 22, 1776, Hale became the first American executed for spying for his country. His statue stands at the Central Intelligence Agency’s headquarters in Langley, Virginia. (It is a copy of one commissioned in 1914 for Hale’s alma mater, Yale University.)
Photo credit: “Nathan Hale Statue – Flickr – The Central Intelligence Agency” by The Central Intelligence Agency – Nathan Hale Statue. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.