Casimir Pulaski was born in Poland. Benjamin Franklin met him in Paris and recruited him to fight in support of the colonies in the American Revolution. In 1777 he met General George Washington in Philadelphia. He went on to prove himself to be a valuable resource in the war against England. The plaque on the statue reads:
Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski
1748 – 1779
The bronze equestrian statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, portrays the Revolutionary War hero in the uniform of a Polish Cavalry Commander. Born in Winiary, Poland on March 4, 1748 to a noble family, Pulaski gained prominence in Europe for his role in defending liberty in Poland. Excited by the struggle of the emerging American Republic, Pulaski joined in its fight for independence, arriving in Boston in July, 1777.
Pulaski was given a commission as Brigadier General and Chief of Cavalry in Command of All Cavalry of the American Forces. He was present at Germantown, Pennsylvania and led his legion at Haddonfield, New Jersey; Egg Harbor, New Jersey; Charleston, South Carolina; and Savanna, Georgia.
At Svanna, Pulaski was mortally wounded and was taken aboard the American brig, Wasp, where he died and was buried at sea on October 11, 1779. He was 31 years old.
The statue was designed by the sculptor Kazimierz Chodzinski and architect Albert P. Ross. It was erected in 1910.
The statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski is located at the east end of Freedom Plaza near the intersection of 13th and E Streets NW, Washington, DC. Click Here for Google Map showing the location of the statue.
Closest Metro Station: Federal Triangle is the nearest Metro Station to Freedom Plaza and the statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski.