Casimir Pulaski

Casimir Pulaski (HM1B2T)

Location: Bryan, OH 43506 Williams County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 30.561', W 84° 30.452'

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Father of American Cavalry

(Side One)
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.

(Side Two)
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 at Valley Forge, and engage in rearguard actions to cover retreating American forces, Pulaski is remembered as the "Father of American Cavalry."
HM NumberHM1B2T
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series, and the Sons of the American Revolution series.
Marker Number8-86
Year Placed2012
Placed ByNorthwest Territory Chapter S.A.R. Ohio Society and the Ohio Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 27th, 2014 at 10:11am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 708006 N 4598301
Decimal Degrees41.50935000, -84.50753333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 30.561', W 84° 30.452'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 30' 33.66" N, 84° 30' 27.12" W
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Area Code(s)419, 567
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6646 U.S. 127, Bryan OH 43506, US
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