Pułaski, Kazimierz


Pułaski, Kazimierz

▪ Polish patriot and United States army officer
English Casimir Pulaski
born March 4, 1747, Winiary, Pol.
died Oct. 11?, 1779, at sea, between Savannah, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., U.S.

      Polish patriot and U.S. colonial army officer, hero of the Polish anti-Russian insurrection of 1768 (the Confederation of Bar) and of the American Revolution.

      The son of Józef Pułaski (1704–69), one of the originators of the Confederation of Bar, the young Pułaski distinguished himself in the defense of Berdichev (1768) and Częstochowa (1770–71) against the Russians. He also unsuccessfully attempted to kidnap King Stanisław II to the confederates' camp (October 1771) and was falsely accused of trying to murder the king. After the Prussian and Austrian invasion of Poland in the spring of 1772, Pułaski left Częstochowa for Saxony; he later moved to France and lived in financial straits.

      In December 1776, in Paris, Pułaski met the American statesman Benjamin Franklin, who recommended him to General George Washington. Pułaski landed in America in June 1777. In Washington's army he served at Brandywine, was made general and chief of cavalry by Congress, and fought at Germantown and in the winter campaign of 1777–78. The Pułaski Legion, a mixed corps he formed in 1778, exploited his experience in guerrilla warfare. In May 1779 he defended Charleston. Wounded at Savannah on Oct. 9, 1779, he died aboard the Wasp en route to Charleston.

Additional Reading
Biographies include Wladyslaw Konopczyński, Casimir Pulaski (1947); and Clarence A. Manning, Soldier of Liberty: Casimir Pulaski (1945).

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