Casimir Pulaski, by Julian Rys, circa 1897.
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Oil on canvas of Casimir Pulaski, by Julian Rys, c.1897

Credit: Independence National Historical Park

After meeting Benjamin Franklin in France, Casimir Pulaski joined the Continental Army. Promoted to Brigadier General soon after he volunteered, Pulaski died while commanding the American and French cavalry during the seige of Savannah, Georgia, in 1779.

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