Casimir Pulaski

Polish nobleman, general in the American Revolutionary War

Count Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski of Ślepowron coat of arms (English: Casimir Pulaski; March 6, 1745[1] – October 11, 1779) was a Polish nobleman, soldier and military commander who has been called "the father of the American cavalry".

Casimir Pulaski
A painting of Casimir Pulaski, by Jan Styka.
Native nameKazimierz Pułaski
Born(1745-03-06)March 6, 1745a
Warsaw, Poland
DiedOctober 11, 1779(1779-10-11) (aged 34)
Savannah, Georgia, USA
AllegiancePolish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
United States
Service/branchArmy of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Continental Army
Years of service1762–1779
RankU.S. Brigadier General
UnitPulaski's Legion
Battles/warsWar of the Bar Confederation, American Revolutionary War (Siege of Savannah)

Pulaski was one of the leading military commanders for the Bar Confederation and fought against Russian domination of the Commonwealth. When this uprising failed, he was driven into exile. Following a recommendation by Benjamin Franklin, Pulaski emigrated to North America to help in the cause of the American Revolutionary War. He distinguished himself throughout the revolution. He most notably when he saved the life of George Washington. Pulaski became a general in the Continental Army. He created the Pulaski Cavalry Legion. He also created the American cavalry. At the Battle of Savannah, while leading a daring charge against British forces, he was gravely wounded, and died shortly thereafter.

In 2009, he was honored by becoming an honorary U.S. citizen.[2]


  1. "Casimir Pulaski Birthday Commemoration. The Real Date of Casimir Pulaski's Birth" (PDF). Poles in America Foundation. March 6, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  2. "Kazimierz Pulaski Granted U.S. Citizenship Posthumously (11 March 2009) – U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Warsaw, Poland". U. S. Department of State. March 11, 2009. Archived from the original on May 29, 2010. Retrieved May 16, 2012.

More readingEdit

  • Collins, David R. (1997). Hero on Horseback: The Story of Casimir Pulaski. Los Angeles: Pelican Publishing. p. 32. ISBN 978-1-4556-0570-5. Url
  • Kajencki, Annmarie Francis (2005). Count Casimir Pulaski: From Poland to America, A Hero's Fight for Liberty. New York: The Rosen Publishing Group. p. 112. ISBN 978-1-4042-2646-3. Url
  • Kerner, Robert Joseph (1936). Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, A Hero of the American Revolution. San Francisco: Slavonic Alliance of California. OCLC 30632693. Url
  • Konopczynski, Wladyslaw; translated by Irena Makarewicz (1947). Casimir Pulaski. Archives and museum. 11. Annals of the Polish Roman Catholic Union. p. 64. OCLC 459864667.
  • Stefaniak, Iwona, ed. (2007). 40 lat Muzeum im. Kazimierza Pułaskiego w Warce: bohater, historia i perspektywy rozwoju: materiały z polsko-amerykańskiego sympozjum w Warce-Winiarach, 13–16 października 2007 [Forty Years of the Casimir Pulaski Museum in Warka: The Hero, History and Perspectives for Development: Papers from the Polish-American Symposium in Warka-Winiary, October 13–16, 2007]. Warka: Casimir Pulaski Museum in Warka. p. 347. ISBN 978-83-925551-5-5. OCLC 212815661.

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