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Pulaski in Giles County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)

Count Casimir Pulaski (1747-1779)

Count Casimer Pulaski (1747-1779) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
1. Count Casimer Pulaski (1747-1779) Marker

Casimir Pulaski was born into a family of minor Polish nobility in Winiary, Poland on March 4, 1747.

His father, Jozef, active in the defense of their native land, joined with others, in 1768 in a insurrection under the motto, “For Faith and Freedom”. Having placed his son, Casimir, at age 21, in command of a detachment of partisans, Jozef put them both in jeopardy. When their efforts failed, Jozef was imprisoned, and Casimir, facing a death sentence, fled his homeland.

Finding inspiration in the American War of Independence, Casimir sought and received a letter of recommendation from America's Commissioner to Paris, Benjamin Franklin. By August, 1777 Casimir Pulaski had reported to General George Washington for service. Washington recommended to the Continental Congress that Pulaski be made General of the Cavalry. In this role, Pulaski distinguished himself, introducing the concept of the cavalry being utilized as a highly mobile combat force, and earning him the title, “Father of the American Cavalry.”

May, 1779 found Pulaski leading his Legion in defense of Charleston, against
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a much larger British force. During a forward charge at the Battle of Savannah, Pulaski was wounded. Carried off the battlefield and placed on a ship to be taken back to Charleston, he died three days later, October 11, 1779. The thirty-two-year-old Polish commander was buried in Savannah, the city he had successfully defended.

In a letter to General Washington, upon his arrival in America, Pulaski had written: “I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it”

There are nine other cities or counties named in honor of Casimir Pulaski.
By an Act of the United States Congress, March 4 has been designated Casimir Pulaski Day in America.

Erected by City of Pulaski.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Patriots & PatriotismWar, US Revolutionary. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #01 George Washington series list. A significant historical date for this entry is March 4, 1747.
Location. 35° 11.706′ N, 87° 1.733′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Tennessee, in Giles County. Marker can be reached from South Sam Davis Avenue south of East College Street. The marker is at an overlook behind the recreation center. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 333 East College Street, Pulaski TN 38478, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers.
Count Casimir Pulaski image. Click for full size.
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2. Count Casimir Pulaski
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Giles County Courthouses (here, next to this marker); Native Americans in Giles County (here, next to this marker); Establishment of Pulaski / Giles County (here, next to this marker); Pulaski Academy (within shouting distance of this marker); Trail of Tears (within shouting distance of this marker); Nunahi-Duna-Dlo-Hily-I (within shouting distance of this marker); The Benge Route (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Trail of Tears Interpretive Center (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pulaski.
Count Casimir Pulaski (1747-1779) Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, June 6, 2020
3. Count Casimir Pulaski (1747-1779) Marker
Marker is in the center.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 243 times since then and 37 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2020, by Duane and Tracy Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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