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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Patriots’ Graves

April 2, 2007

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This cemetery in Louisville, Georgia is the final resting place of American patriots of the Revolutionary War.  At the Flickr group, “The Revolution Flickred” we are collecting images of gravesites of these patriots, which can be viewed here: Patriot Graves of ’76.

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Battle of Kettle Creek

July 20, 2006

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Revolutionary War Cemetery, Wilkes County, Georgia

The Battle of Kettle Creek, fought here on February 14, 1779, was one of the most important battles of the Revolutionary War in Georgia.

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Casimir Pulaski

May 17, 2006

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Brigadier-General Count Pulaski, age 33, fell mortally wounded while heading a cavalry charge before the British lines, at the Siege of Savannah, on 9 October 1779.

Casimir Pulaski was born in the province of Lithuania, Poland, in the year 1746. He Arrived in the United States in 1777, and volunteered his services to the American revolutionaries in “the great and glorious cause of Liberty and Freedom from British tyranny”. He was awarded a commission from the new government as Brigadier-General of Cavalry. He fought gallantly in battle at Brandwine, Germantown, Trenton, Charleston, and finally, at Savannah.

The cornerstone of the Pulaski Monument was erected on 11 October 1853. Present for the occasion were Savannah militia units, local Masonic lodges, and a large number of local citizens, where the following tribute to Pulaski was read:

“This parchment is to record the laying of the corner-stone of a Monument in the centre of Monterey Square, at the junction of Bull and Wayne streets, (City of Savannah) to the memory of Brigadier-General Count Pulaski, who fell mortally wounded by a swivel shot while on a charge at the head of a body of cavalry before the British lines, at the Siege of Savannah, on the ninth day of October, seventeen hundred and seventy-nine.”

The image, Casimir Pulaski monument, was originally uploaded by Oh Lenna. It is posted here from Neddy’s flickr favorites. For more information see www.cviog.uga.edu/Projects/gainfo/statues/pulaskimon.htm.