Memoir of Thaddeus Kosciuszko: Poland's hero and patriot, an officer in the American army of the revolution, and member of the Society of the Cincinnati (Google eBook)

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G. A. Thitchener, printer, 1883 - History - 58 pages
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Inspired by James Michener's Poland, and a visit to Warsaw, VA, I started a search for their mutual history. I started with "Friends of Liberty: A Tale of Three Patriots, Two Revolutions, and the Betrayal that Divided a Nation: Thomas Jefferson, Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and Agrippa Hull", then "Alex Storozynski’s book The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution (Thomas Dunne Books; April 28, 2009)".
I find this Memoir of Thaddeus Kosciuszko: to be accurate and concise. If you found my review, you owe it to yourself to find this genuine hero of the American Revolution, and sense his spirit of liberty reach out from over two hundred years ago.
 

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Page 17 - Firm-paced and slow, a horrid front they form, Still as the breeze, but dreadful as the storm. Low murmuring sounds along their banners fly, Revenge or death...
Page 18 - In vain, alas ! in vain, ye gallant few ! From rank to rank your volley'd thunder flew : — Oh ! bloodiest picture in the book of Time, Sarmatia fell, unwept, without a crime...
Page 52 - As human nature's broadest, foulest blot, Chains him, and tasks him, and exacts his sweat With stripes that Mercy, with a bleeding heart, Weeps when she sees inflicted on a beast. Then what is man? And what man seeing this, And having human feelings, does not blush And hang his head, to think himself a man?
Page 57 - As a general, he marshalled the peasant into a veteran, and supplied by discipline the absence of experience ; as a statesman, he enlarged the policy of the cabinet into the most comprehensive system of general advantage ; and such was the wisdom of his views, and the philosophy of his counsels, that to the soldier and the statesman he almost added the character of the sage...
Page 57 - ... birthplace of such a man as Washington. No people can claim, no country can appropriate him ; the boon of Providence to the human race, his fame is eternity, and his residence creation. Though it was the defeat of our arms, and the disgrace of our policy, I almost bless the convulsion in which he had his origin. If the heavens thundered and the earth rocked, yet, when the storm...
Page 16 - my bleeding country save! Is there no hand on high to shield the brave ? Yet, though destruction sweep these lovely plains, Rise, fellow-men! our country yet remains ! By that dread name we wave the sword on high, And swear for her to live ! — with her to die!
Page 52 - I see them on their winding way, About their ranks the moonbeams play ; Their lofty deeds and daring high Blend with the notes of victory.
Page 57 - In the production of Washington, it does really appear as if Nature was endeavoring to improve upon herself, and that all the virtues of the ancient world were but so many studies preparatory to the patriot of the new.
Page 46 - I never contemplated a more interesting human figure than Kosciusko stretched upon his couch. His wounds were still unhealed, and he was unable to sit upright. He appeared to be a small man, spare and delicate. A black silk bandage crossed his fair and high, but somewhat wrinkled, forehead. Beneath it his dark eagle eye sent forth a stream of light, that indicated the steady flame of patriotism which still burned within his soul ; unquenched by disaster and wounds, weakness, poverty, and exile. Contrasted...
Page 57 - I sec you concur with me, that it matters very little what immediate spot may be the birth-place of such a man as WASHINGTON. No people can claim, no country can appropriate him ; the boon of Providence to the human race, his fame is eternity, and his residence creation.

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