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Casimir Pulaski

Military Leader Casimir Pulaski

Full Name: Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski
Profession: Military Leader

Nationality:
Poland
Polish

Biography: Called the father of American cavalry, along with Hungarian nobleman Michael Kovats, Pulaski became a general in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War.

In this position he formed the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reformed the American cavalry system. He is one of only eight people to be awarded honorary American citizenship.

Born: March 6, 1747
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland, Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: October 11, 1779 (aged 32)
Cause of Death: Killed in action when he was mortally wounded by grapeshot in an attempt to rally fleeing French forces during a cavalry charge

Historical Events

  • 1768-02-29 Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski joins the Bar Confederation to defend the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth against Russian influence
  • 1777-07-23 Polish military leader Casimir Pulaski arrives in Marblehead, Massachusetts, to volunteer in the Continental Army cavalry
  • 1777-09-11 Battle of Brandywine, Pennysylvania; Americans lose to the British, Polish soldier Casimir Pulaski saves life of George Washington
  • 1777-09-15 George Washington, on authorization of Congress, appoints Casimir Pulaski as brigadier general in Continental Army cavalry
  • 1779-10-09 Siege of Savannah (Georgia) during American Revolutionary War: Continental Army General Casimir Pulaski is wounded by grapeshot (a type of cluster munition), dies two days later
  • 2009-11-06 President Barack Obama signs congressional resolution conferring honorary U.S. citizenship to Revolutionary War hero Casimir Pulaski

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