Casimir Pulaski Statue

This monument honors Brigadier General Count Casimir Pulaski of Poland, who is often referred to as "the father of the American Cavalry."

This equestrian monument to Brigadier General Count Casimir Pulaski was erected by Congress to honor the famed Polish Marshal General who came to fight and gave his life for American Independence. Having military experience in Europe, Pulaski became a strong asset for the Patriot cause and formed the first American cavalry legion in 1778. His heroism and sacrifice have made him a symbol of both American and Polish Independence. 

The nine-foot bronze statue portrays Pulaski in the uniform of a Polish marshal, which he preferred to wear rather than the uniform of the Continental Army. Dramatically posed with his shoulders thrown back and cape flowing behind him, he looks to the left as he reins in his horse.

Carved into the oblong granite pedestal are the names of the American Revolutionary War battles in which Pulaski participated. The statue was erected by the government at a cost of $40,000 and approved February 27, 1903. Created by sculptor Kazimierz Chodziński and architect Albert R. Ross, the finished statue was dedicated on May 11, 1910.

Part of American Revolution Statuary
DC Inventory: March 3, 1979
National Register: July 14, 1978
Within Pennsylvania Avenue National Historic Site



13th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW