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Casimer Pulaski Monument
Main and N. Division, Buffalo, NY

Artist: Kazimierz Danilewicz
1979
Bronze Statue on Polished Black Granite Base with Bronze Plaques

This sculpture was reputed to be the largest monolithic bronze casting in the world at the time of its manufacture in 1979.

Buffalo, whose population comprises a great percentage of Polish immigrants and their descendants, honors Pulaski with the Casimir Pulaski Memorial Monument at Main and South Division Streets, and an annual parade on Pulaski Day, the third Sunday of July

Excerpts
Polish American Cultural Center: General Casimir Pulaski (1745-1779)
 (Online August 2014)

Casimir Pulaski, son of Count Joseph Pulaski, was born in Warsaw, Poland, on March 6, 1745. At the age of fifteen, he joined his father and other members of the Polish nobility in opposing the Russian and Prussian interference in Polish affairs.

Outlawed by Russia for his actions on behalf of Polish liberty, he traveled to Paris where he met Benjamin Franklin, who induced him to support the colonies against England in the American Revolution. Pulaski, impressed with the ideals of a new nation struggling to be free, volunteered his services.

Later in 1778, through Washington's intervention, Congress approved the establishment of the Cavalry and put Pulaski at its head. Pulaski, who became known as the "Father of the American Cavalry."

It was on October 9, 1779, during the Battle of Savannah, that General Pulaski, charging into battle on horseback, fell to the ground mortally wounded by the blast of a cannon. Pulaski's enemies were so impressed with his courage, that they spared him the musket and permitted him to be carried from the battlefield. Pulaski died several days later on October 15, 1779, at age 34. The Pulaski Monument, erected in his honor, is located in Monterey Square, Savannah, Georgia.



Background:  Ellicott Square Building







Pulaski stands erect with hands resting on pommel of sword, bearing a crest of Poland on its guard.




















The inscription on the front of the base reads: "General Kazimier Pulaski Hero of Poland and the United States of America." Right side: "Dar narodu polskieco dla naroduamerykanskieco upa mieniajacy 200 lecie nle podlegtosc ameryki." Left side: "A gift from the people of Poland to the people of the United States of America commemorating 200 years of American Independence." Rear reads: "sculptor Kazimierz Daniewicz 1979





Photos and their arrangement 2014 Chuck LaChiusa
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