Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski - Hartford, CT
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 41° 45.653 W 072° 40.480
18T E 693303 N 4625840
Quick Description: An equestrian statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski is located at Pulaski Plaza Mall, near 394 Main Street, Hartford, CT.
Location: Connecticut, United States
Date Posted: 9/24/2012 5:43:30 AM
Waymark Code: WMFBDD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member condor1
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Long Description:

Casimir Pulaski was born into a noble family on March 6, 1745 in Warsaw, Poland. After opposing the Russians in Europe he came to the American Colonies to join the Continental Army under the command of George Washington. As a Brigadier General, he organized a corps of lancers and light infantry that became known as the Pulaski Cavalry Legion, hence he is called the father of the American cavalry. He died of woulds sustained during the siege of Savannah on October 11, 1779. He is one of only seven persons to be awarded honorary United States citizenship.

A 12' high by 10' long by 4' wide bronze equestrian statue of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski stands on an 12' long by 20' high by 12' wide limestone and granite pedestal and base. The monument is located at Main Street at the west end of the Pulaski Mall. The statue was created by Granville W. Carter, sculptor, and Edward R. Thatcher, architect. The sculpture was commissioned in 1973 and dedicated on July 3, 1976 for the Bicentennial celebration of the United States.

General Pulaski is riding a rearing horse. He holds the reins in his left hand and hold a curved sword up at an 80 degree angle with his right hand. He is wearing a military uniform with double breasted jacket and riding boots. He is not wearing a hat. Both the horse and rider are facing straight ahead. The horse has both front hoofs raised.

Inscribed on the front of the pedestal is the name: PULASKI

Attached to the front of the pedestal there is a bronze plaque with the inscription:

"I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it,
and to live of die for it..."
* General Casimir Pulaski *
was born in Poland in 1748. he led the unsuccessful revolt of
Polish Patriots against Russia. Upon arrival in America he
joined General George Washington's Army. Having
distinguished himself in the battle of Brandywine, Congress
appointed him a Brigadier General. He organized the
independent Corps of Calvary and Infantry, known as
The Pulaski Legion.
General Casimir Pulaski was wounded on October 9, 1779 at
the siege of Savannah and died on October 11, 1779.

The back of the pedestal carries the following inscriptions:

On top below the rear hoof: G. W. Carter

Top right side of pedestal:

"..I Have Passed Hither From Europe
To Do Myself The Honor Of Being Among
Worthy Citizens In The Defence Of
Their Country And Their Liberty."

Count Casimir Pulaski
Who Offered His Life For Our
Freedom.

On the lower left of the pedestal:

On This Bicentennial
Of American Independence
A Grateful People
Commemorate His
Enduring Contribution
July 4 1976

Bottom right of pedestal: E.D. Thatcher - Archt.

Identity of Rider: Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski

Name of artist: Granville W. Carter, sculptor; Edward R. Thatcher, architect.

Date of Dedication: July 3, 1976

Material: Bronze

Unusual Features: Bicentennial monument.

Position: Two Hooves Raised

Identity of Horse: Not listed

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