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Casimir Pulaski

Military Leader Casimir Pulaski

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


Why Famous: 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
Star Sign: Pisces

Died: October 11, 1779 (aged 32)
Cause of Death: Shooting

Historical Events

  • 1768-02-29 Polish nobleman Casimir Pulaski joins the Bar Confederation to defend the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth against Russian influence
  • 1777-09-11 Battle of Brandywine, Pennysylvania; Americans lose to the British, Polish soldier Casimir Pulaski saves life of George Washington
  • 1779-10-09 Siege of Savannah during American Revolutionary War: Casimir Pulaski is wounded by grapeshot (dies 11 or 15 March)

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