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Thaddeus Kosciuszko

Commemorative Monument at Saratoga National Battlefield

Rising to the rank of Brigadier General, Thaddeus Kosciuszko served the Continental Army as its most talented Engineering Officer. Shortly after the war started, he came to America and volunteered to serve in the Continental Army. Kosciuszko is best known for his fortifications on Bemis Heights during the Battle of Saratoga and for building the West Point fortress.

Kosciuszko is also known as a fervent opponent of slavery who lobbied George Washington and others to free their enslaved people. After the American Revolution, he returned to Poland to fight for freedom and independence in his home country.

Primary Sources



Kajencki, Francis C. Thaddeus Kosciuszko: Military Engineer of the American Revolution. 1st ed. El Paso, Tex: Southwest Polonia Press, 1998.

Pula, James S. Thaddeus Kościuszko: The Purest Son of Liberty. New York: Hippocrene Books, 1999.

Storozynski, Alex. The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution. New York; Godalming: Thomas Dunn Books : St. Martin’s ; Melia [distributor, 2010.


Thaddeus Kosciuszko Monument on the ramparts of Fort Clinton at West Point.


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