Thaddeus Kościuszko: military engineer of the American Revolution

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Southwest Polonia Press, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 334 pages
This military biography of General Thaddeus Kosciuszko concentrates on his remarkable engineering achievements in the American Revolution during the years, 1776-1783. At Fort Ticonderoga, Kosciuszko sought to fortify the nearby & dominating height of Mount Defiance, but General Philip Schuyler failed to heed his advice & lost the bastion to the British. At Saratoga, Kosciuszko's strong position on Bemis Heights blocked the British march on Albany. Thus he destroyed their Grand Strategy for the conquest of the colonies. At West Point, Kosciuszko carried out General George Washington's strategy of controlling the Hudson River. The brilliant engineer built a fortress the British dared not attack. In the South, Kosciuszko gave General Nathanael Greene's army an amphibious capability to cross rivers & march rapidly around the British & gain victory. Returning to Poland, Kosciuszko defended his country against rapacious neighbors. He returned to his adopted country in 1797, but Vice President Thomas Jefferson sent him on a secret mission to France, where Kosciuszko persuaded the French government to change its war-threatening behavior toward America. Available through SW Polonia Press, 3308 Nairn St., El Paso, TX 79925. 915-598-7194 & Barnes & Noble, Baker & Taylor Books &

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About the author (1998)

Francis Casimir Kajencki was graduated from the U.S. Military Academy & commissioned second lieutenant in January 1943. He served in the Pacific Theater in World War II, followed by staff & command assignments over a span of thirty years. He retired as Colonel & Assistant Chief of Information, Department of the Army, in 1973. Kajencki earned three Masters degrees: from the University of Southern California in Mechanical Engineering, 1949; University of Wisconsin-Madison in Journalism, 1967; George Mason University in History, 1976. Upon retiring from the army, he took up historical research & writing that led to five published books on American history. The author was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, November 15, 1918. A widower with four adult children, he resides in El Paso Texas.