Casimir Pulaski

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Casimir Pulaski

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Casimir Pulaski
Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski
TITLE
Brigadier General
WAR
&
AFFILIATION
Revolutionary War
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American
DATE OF BIRTH - DEATH
March 6, 1747 - October 11, 1779

Was a Polish nobleman, soldier and military commander who has been called "the father of the American cavalry". Born in Warsaw and following in his father's footsteps he became interested in politics at an early age and soon became involved in the military and the revolutionary affairs in Poland (the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth). 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, most notably when he saved the life of George Washington. Pulaski became a general in the Continental Army, created the Pulaski Cavalry Legion and reformed the American cavalry as a whole. At the Battle of Savannah, while leading a daring charge against British forces, he was gravely wounded, and died shortly thereafter. Pulaski is one of only seven people to be awarded honorary United States citizenship.