Pulaski in Williams County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Father of American Cavalry
Pulaski and Pulaski Township in Williams County are named for Casimir Pulaski, a Polish cavalry officer who died to win America's independence from Great Britain during the Revolutionary War. Charged with attempting to kidnap the king of Poland, Pulaski (1747-1779) fled to Paris and then to America in 1777, met General George Washington, and joined the colonies' struggle. At the Battle of Brandywine, Pulaski covered the American retreat with a daring charge at pursuing British forces. After Brandywine, the Continental Congress commissioned Pulaski a Brigadier General of Cavalry. Pulaski later resigned his command and petitioned Washington to organize what came to be known in March 1778 as Pulaski's Legion.
In February 1779, Pulaski's Legion was ordered south. The Legioin assisted in the defense of Charleston, South Carolina in May and moved to help French and American forces take British-held Savannah, Georgia. There, Pulaski was mortally wounded on October 9, 1779 in support of French admiral Charles Henri d' Estaing's attack. Pulaski is memorialized as "the romantic embodiment of the flashing saber and the trumpet calling 'to the charge'." For forging a force that could scout and report British troop movements, conduct long-range forage raids to feed and clothe soldiers
Erected 2012 by Northwest Territory Chapter S.A.R. Ohio Society and the Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 8-86.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the Sons of the American Revolution marker series.
Location. 41° 30.561′ N, 84° 30.452′ W. Marker is in Pulaski, Ohio, in Williams County. Marker is at the intersection of High Street (U.S. 127) and Poplar Street, on the right when traveling north on High Street. Touch for map. Marker is located south of the Pulaski Township Hall. Marker is at or near this postal address: 6646 High Street, Bryan OH 43506, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Richard E. Schreder (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bryan's Air Mail Field (approx. 2.9 miles away); Rail Speed Record (approx. 3.1 miles away); Stryker (approx. 4.3 miles away); Stryker's Railroad Heritage (approx. 4.7 miles away); Stryker Depot (approx. 4.7 miles away); Paul Allman Siple (approx. 7.4 miles away); Evansport (approx. 8.2 miles away).
Also see . . . Casimir Pulaski - Wikipedia Entry. (Submitted on October 5, 2013.)
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
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