Casimir Pulaski

March 6th


  • Casimir Pulaski, son of Count Joseph Pulaski, was born in Warsaw, Poland, on March 6

  • at the Battle of Germantown, Pulaski's knowledge of warfare assisted General

  • Washington and his men in securing victory for American forces.

  • Casimir Pulaski was a Polish military officer who fought on the side of the American colonists against the British in the Revolutionary War

  • By 1777 the Revolutionary War in America had caught Pulaski's attention. He not only sympathized with the new nation's struggle against oppression but also saw the conflict as a possible means to regain his military reputation in Europe and remake his fortune

  • Pulaski's past military commands and his reputation as a skilled cavalry officer did not cause George Washington or the Continental Congress to accept him immediately. They had grown weary of Europeans who applied for military service and did not live up to their vaunted reputations. So Pulaski unofficially joined Washington's forces on September 11, 1777

  • Pulaski died within two days of his wounding. Rumors and controversies about the exact cause of death and place of burial emerged within a few decades of Pulaski's demise and continue to exist. James Lynah, the physician who removed the fatal grapeshot, claimed that he could have saved Pulaski if the general had remained in the American camp, but he insisted upon boarding a ship

  • The attack failed to unfold as planned. Allied troops started late, as fog and a lack of clear directions delayed the French columns. Once the assault began, the Allies quickly realized that the British knew of their plans. Eyewitness accounts of Pulaski's charge vary