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Casimir Pulaski

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Definition: Polish count considered the father of American cavalry. He first found success at Brandywine, where his cavalry charge covered the American retreat and allowed General George Washington to escape. In 1778, Pulaski convinced Washington and the American army to organize a cavalry division. They all agreed, and the American cavalry was born. Pulaski led cavalry charges in other battles, including the Battle of Savannah. But it was at this battle that he was killed. His horse was shot from underneath him, and he died of wounds he received in the fall.

Related Resources:
The American Revolutionary War
This fun, illustrated article tells you all you need to know about this famous war, from an easy-to-understand point of view.

Elsewhere on the Web:
Biography of Casimir Pulaski
Read more about this famous Polish count who organized America's first successful cavalry unit.

Father of the American Cavalry
Students at Massachusetts's Casimir Pulaski Elementary School wrote this report.

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