Human history is full of struggles for independence - some hugely successful and others brutally crushed - which turn individual figures into great heroes and patriots. Tadeusz Kosciuszko (pronounced Kosh - choo - shko) experienced this twice, for he played a significant role in the rebellions of two, wholly separate, nations. During the American War of Independence Kosciuszko served as both an engineer and a field commander, eventually earning the title of Brigadier General. He also led the Polish-Lithuanian uprising of 1794, winning several key conflicts before being defeated by vastly superior forces: the combined might of Prussia, Russia and Austria.
As well as an expert in defence and fortification - some commentators may go as far as a genius - many contemporary accounts describe Kosciuszko as wholly modest, a mild and kind person who won the friendship of many influential figures, including Thomas Jefferson and General Nathaniel Greene. This is an account of Kosciuszko's actions and achievements, focusing on his contribution to the history of two nations rather than on his personal life. Accordingly, this material contains slightly extended narratives on the War of Independence, and on the conflicts in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
Introduction to Feature
- Early Life (1746 - 1776)
- War of Independence 1 - The Road to Saratoga (1776 - 1777)
- War of Independence 2 - West Point and Victory (1777 - 1784)
- Peace, War and Exile (1784 - 1792)
- The Kosciuszko Uprising 1 - Rebellion and Raclawice (1792 - 1794)
- The Kosciuszko Uprising 2 - The Siege of Warsaw and Defeat (1794)
- Final Years (1794 - 1817)
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For Citation And Footnotes
Title: Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746 - 1817)
Author: Robert Wilde