Located in Monterey Square, the Pulaski monument is made from Italian marble, with smaller elements of granite. It is 55 feet tall. The monument has a bronze bas relief of mounted Pulaski, and is topped with a statue of Liberty, with the stars and stripes banner. The monument was designed by Robert Launitz. The bas relief was designed by Henryk Dmochowski, and shows the moment of Pulaski's death. Additional elements present on the monument include the coat of arms of Poland and the coat of arms of Georgia.
While in France, Pulaski learned of the American Revolution from Benjamin Franklin, who was in France to appeal to the French government for military and financial assistance in war against the British. Pulaski sympathized with the patriot forces fighting for independence, and in 1777, he sailed to America with a letter of introduction from Franklin. He joined George Washington’s Army at the Battle of Brandywine. Following the battle, Washington and the Continental Congress promoted him to brigadier general and “Commander of the Horse.” Pulaski went on to serve at the Battle of Germantown and spent time with the Continental Army in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during the winter of 1777-78.
In December 1778, the British captured the City of Savannah. Washington sent Pulaski and his cavalry unit, known as the Pulaski Legion, south to help liberate Savannah from British occupation. Joining the Continental Southern Army in 1779, the Pulaski Legion participated in the Siege of Charleston. By mid-September the Pulaski Legion traveled with General Benjamin Lincoln to retake Savannah. During a cavalry charge on October 9, 1779, Pulaski was mortally wounded by a grapeshot. For his role in the American Revolution, Pulaski is honored around the United States. He was also granted honorary American citizenship in 2009, one of only seven individuals to receive this honor.
Photo captured October 8, 2019.
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