General Thaddeus Kosciuszko

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The monument to General Thaddeus Kosciuszko is located at Cooper River Park, Pennsauken, New Jersey.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko had come to America as a young man from Poland to offer his skills to the Revolutionary army. His life has got to be one of the most interesting of the American Revolution characters.

Kościuszko had been born in Lithuania-Poland and very well educated in military art and engineering. After the conquest of his country and the resulting cutbacks of its military, he went abroad where he was recruited in France by Silas Deane and Benjamin Franklin to help their American cause for freedom. In August of 1776, he arrived in America and began service as a volunteer. On 18 October 1776, Congress commissioned him as a Colonel of Engineers in the Continental Army, where he eventually became the head engineer.

While serving with the Continental Army, he read the Declaration of Independence and was greatly affected by it, as he found that it encompassed everything that he himself had always believed. Thereafter, he became a kindred spirit of the author of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, and spent many visits at Jefferson’s Virginia home, Monticello.

Kościuszko’s efforts added greatly to the American army. After the battle of Ticonderoga, General Washington put him in charge of military engineering at West Point, New York. Eventually Kosciuszko requested service with the Southern Army where he contributed even more to American victories.

After seven years of service, on 13 October 1783, Kościuszko, considered one of the greatest engineers in America, was granted American citizenship and promoted to Brigadier General. He was also admitted to the prestigious Society of the Cincinnati, one of only three foreigners allowed entrance.

See Wikipedia’s Tadeusz Kościuszko.

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