Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
A Champion of Human Rights
As a military engineer he contributed to the American victory at Saratoga and to the defense of West Point throughout the Revolution. After the war, Kosciuszko returned home and in March 1794, again championing the cause of liberty, led his countrymen against Russian rule. After some initial successes he was defeated, captured by the Russians, and imprisoned.
In August 1797, Kosciuszko returned to Philadelphia to a hero's welcome. During that time he entertained many visitors, Vice President Thomas Jefferson among them, and successfully petitioned Congress for back pay. He received close to $19,000 and a grant of 500 acres in Ohio. Throughout his life Kosciuszko condemned slavery. He also promoted education for free blacks. When Thomas Jefferson learned of Kosciuszko's death in Switzerland in 1817, he remarked that Thaddeus Kosciuszko had been “as pure a
Also at the site is a marker labled "Preservation at Work," identifying preservation efforts for Kosciuszko's house. It reads:
Preservation of the Site:
Since 1798, when Polish patriot Thaddeus Kosciuszko lived here, this building has undergone many changes. In order to interpret the building accurately, the National Park Service (NPS) restored the houses' exterior masonry walls, including reconstructing the missing historical first floor walls, and recreated the building's historic window patterns and door locations. NPS staff members based this 1970s restoration work on documentary research, surviving architectural evidence, and archeological investigation at the site.
The Current Project:
Today the NPS continues its preservation of this historic site in a new project to provide an accessible visitor entrance. As required by federal law, the finished project (a ramp) will give all people, regardless of their mobility level, independent access to the building from Pine Street. The ramp will stand on the building's west side, to limit its visual impact on the historic appearance of the houses' most prominent facade.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 39° 56.606′ Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Thaddeus Kosciuszko (a few steps from this marker); St. Peter's Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Capt. Charles Massey House (within shouting distance of this marker); Tribal Chieftains (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); James Forten (about 500 feet away); Society Hill / The New Market and Head House (about 600 feet away); Queen Village / The New Market and Head House (about 700 feet away); “A Man Full of Trouble” Tavern (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Also see . . .
1. General Thaddeus Kosciuszko 1746 - 1817. Hero of America and Poland (Submitted on August 19, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Thaddeus Kosciuszko at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Abolition & Underground RR • Civil Rights • Heroes • Military • Notable Persons • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 996 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on August 10, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.