HISTORY OF CASIMIR PULASKI
Pulaski, the oldest son of Count Joseph Pulaski, was born
in March, 1748. At the age of fifteen, he joined his
father and other members of the Polish nobility in
opposing the Russian and Prussian interference of Polish
Outlawed by Russia for his actions on behalf of Polish
liberty, he traveled to Paris where he met Benjamin
Franklin. Franklin convinced him to support the colonies
against England in the American Revolution.
Pulaski impressed with the ideals of a new nation
struggling to be free, volunteered his services. Franklin
wrote to George Washington describing the young Pole as
an officer, renowned throughout Europe for the courage
and bravery he displayed in defense of his country¹s
In 1777, Pulaski arrived in Philadelphia where he met
General Washington, Commander-in -Chief of the
Continental Army. Later at Brandywine, he came to the aid
of Washington's forces and distinguished himself as a
brilliant military tactician. For his efforts, Congress
appointed him Brigadier-General in charge of Four Horse
Brigades. Then again, at the battles of Germantown and
Valley Forge, Pulaski's knowledge of warfare assisted
Washington and his men.
Later in 1778, through Washington's intervention,
Congress approved the establishment of the Cavalry and
put Pulaski at its head. The Father of the American
Cavalry demanded much of his men and trained them in
tested cavalry tactics. He used his own personal
finances, when money from Congress was scarce, in order
to assure his forces of the finest equipment and personal
Pulaski and his legion were then ordered to defend
Little Egg Harbor in New Jersey and Minisink on the
Delaware and then south to Charleston, South Carolina.
However, it was at the battle of Savannah in 1779 that
General Pulaski, riding forth into battle on his horse,
fell to the ground mortally wounded by the blast of
cannon. It is said, the General's enemies were so
impressed with his courage, that they spared his life and
permitted him to be carried from the battlefield.
However, two days later, on October 11 Pulaski died.
Today all over the United States there are memorials
for Casimir Pulaski. Many parks, streets, statues, and
schools bear his name in memory of his courage and
commitment to freedom.