"FATHER OF THE AMERICAN CAVALRY" General Casimir Pulaski Recognized for bravery, leadership, and sacrifice in the name of liberty. Celebrate the Birthday of General Casimir Pulaski About General Pulaski More than two hundred years ago, Polish immigrant Casimir Pulaski selflessly gave his life on an American battlefield, in a struggle dedicated to the principles of freedom and self-governance. Pulaski first joined the fight against tyranny and oppression, defending his beloved homeland against Prussian and Imperial Russian aggression. At the age of 21, Pulaski took command of a detachment of rebel forces and proved his valor and strategic skill as he led freedom fighters into numerous battles. Pulaski then came to America to offer his services to George Washington in our country's struggle for independence. He wrote to General Washington, "I came here, where freedom is being defended, to serve it, and to live or die for it." During the siege of Savannah, Casimir Pulaski gave his life so that our Nation might live in freedom.