Casimir Pulaski

Casimir Pulaski

Casimir Pulaski was born in Poland on March 6, 1745, where he was a military commander, before moving to America where he joined the American Revolution and became known as the father of the American Cavalry. Here is a picture painted by Rhys of Casimir Pulaski.

Casimir Pulaski was recommended to George Washington by Ben Franklin who met him in France. His first battle with the British in the Revolutionary War was at the Battle of Brandywine in 1777 where he was instrumental in protecting the retreat of Washington and is credited with saving Washington’s life in doing so.

Casimir Pulaski was promoted to Brigadier General of the American Cavalry after the charge at Brandywine. However, some of the American soldiers had difficulty in reporting to a foreign officer who had been trained in ways different than what they were used to. Pulaski resigned from the post, but eventually led a corps of lancers and light infantry out of Baltimore called the Pulaski Cavalry Legion.

He has been called the Father of the American Cavalry and his legion of soldiers were decisive in several battles with the British in the South, including in Charleston, South Carolina and Augusta, Georgia.

During the siege of Savannah, Casimir Pulaski was wounded by grapeshot and never recovered consciousness. He died two days later, Otober 11, 1779, on board the merchant ship Wasp. Several eyewitnesses said he was buried at sea, but others claimed he was taken to a plantation near Savannah where he died.

Casimir Pulaski is honored by many in America for his role in the Revolutionary war. He was honored with a citizenship to the United States following his death.

 

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