Casimir Pulaski

Polish nobleman, general in the American Revolutionary War
(Redirected from Kazimierz Pułaski)

Count Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski[1] of Ślepowron coat of arms (English: Casimir Pulaski; March 6, 1745[2] – 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.[3]

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  1. Mervosh, Sarah (2019-04-07). "Casimir Pulaski, Polish Hero of the Revolutionary War, Was Most Likely Intersex, Researchers Say". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2023-12-18.
  2. "Casimir Pulaski Birthday Commemoration. The Real Date of Casimir Pulaski's Birth" (PDF). Poles in America Foundation. March 6, 2012. Retrieved May 17, 2012.
  3. "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.

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