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Casimir Pulaski
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A painting of Casimir Pulaski, by Jan Styka.
Native name
Kazimierz Pułaski
Born (1745-03-06)March 6, 1745
Warsaw, Poland
Died October 11, 1779(1779-10-11) (aged 34)
Savannah, Georgia, USA
Allegiance Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
United States
Service/branch Army of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth
Continental Army
Years of service 1762–1779
Rank U.S. Brigadier General
Unit Pulaski's Legion
Battles/wars War of the Bar Confederation, American Revolutionary War (Siege of Savannah)
Signature Kazimierz Pułaski Signature.svg

Count Kazimierz Michał Władysław Wiktor Pułaski of Ślepowron coat of arms (English: Casimir Pulaski; March 6, 1745 – October 11, 1779) was a Polish nobleman, soldier and military commander who has been called "the father of the American cavalry".

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. He most notably when he saved the life of George Washington. Pulaski became a general in the Continental Army. He created the Pulaski Cavalry Legion. He also created the American cavalry. At the Battle of Savannah, while leading a daring charge against British forces, he was gravely wounded, and died shortly thereafter.

In 2009, he was honored by becoming an honorary U.S. citizen.


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