Casimir Pulaski, Cavalry Commander of the American Revolution
General Casimir Pulaski, an experienced & accomplished calvary commander, came to America in 1777 to fight for American independence. He had passionately embraced liberty as his lifelong goal. In his native Poland he fought but failed to evict the superior Russian-occupying forces & restore the sovereignty of his country. He then came to hazard all for the freedom of Americans. To his dismay, Pulaski discovered that General George Washington & the Continental Congress lacked an understanding & appreciation of the capability of a powerful calvary corps. Pulaski also found himself the target of resentment of American officers towards foreign officers who were recruited in droves by American commissioners in Paris, Benjamin Franklin & Silas Deane. Most Americans believed the army positions to be rightfully theirs. Unable to overcome this deep hostility, Pulaski resigned from his post of America's first commander of cavalry & organized the independent Pulaski Legion that fought superbly in the South. Pulaski was 100 years ahead of Americans. Not until the American Civil War did Pulaski's philosophy of cavalry operations influence the Confederates to field capable calvary forces & the North to do so two years later. Casimir Pulaski may be called the "Father of American Cavalry."
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