Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

November 24, 2009

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Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski (1748-1779) was a young Polish Freedom Fighter who came to America to help George Washington’s Revolutionaries in their fight for liberty. The raised leg of his horse indicates that he was killed in battle. He gave his life to America’s cause at the age of thirty-one.

Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski 1748-1779

“The bronze equestrian statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, portrays the Revolutionary war hero in the uniform of a Polish cavalry commander. Born in Winiary, Poland on Marych 4, 1748 to a noble family, Pulaski gained prominence in Europe for his role in defending liberty in Poland. Excited by the struggle of the emerging American republic, Pulaski joined in its fight for independence, arriving in Boston in July, 1777.

“Pulaski was given a commission as Brigadier General and chief of cavalry in command of all cavalry of the American forces. He was present at Germantown, Pennsylvania and led his legion at Haddonfield, New Jersey; Egg Harbor, New Jersey; Charleston, South Carolina; and Savannah, Georgia.

“At Savannah, Pulaski was mortally wounded and was taken aboard the American brig, Wasp, where he died and was buried at sea on October 11, 1778. He was 31 years old.

“The statue was designed by the sculptor Kazimierz Chodzinski and architect Albert R. Ross. It was erected in 1910.”

~~From Plaque at the Statue in Pulaski Park, Washington, DC. See More on Casimir Pulaski.

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Father of the American Cavalry

March 10, 2008

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“I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it.”  

General Casimir Pulaski, a man born in a far off land, came to America to serve, and live or die for freedom. He became an American general under General George Washington, and he became the Father of the American Cavalry.

When he arrived in America, the first letter he sent to George Washington, stated “I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it.”  And die he did, at the age of thirty-two, mortally wounded at the Battle of Savannah, Georgia in 1779. 

It is touching to think of how many mortal souls have fought and died for freedom. Sadness can overwhelm one with the realization that so many of the progeny of freedom fighters such as Pulaski, progeny who live every day of their mortal lives in the bosom of freedom, do not value freedom at all.

The Memorial to General Casimir Pulaski is at Wallington, New Jersey.

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