Pulaski Monument

The Pulaski monument was erected in this square to the memory of General Casimir Pulaski, the great Polish Patriot, who fell at Savannah in the cause of American Independence. General Pulaski was mortally wounded on the 9th of October 1779 while fighting with the Pulaski Legion in the Siege of Savannah less than a quarter mile from where this 55 ft. monument now stands. In testimony to Pulaski's loyalty, John Stevens (1825) writes "...the brave Pulaski who despairing of the cause of liberty in his own country had...sacrificed his life while contending for the freedom of ours".

Doubt and uncertainty exists as to where Pulaski died and as to his actual burial place. A contemporary Charlestown, S. C.(modern day Charleston, S.C.) newspaper article and other sources indicate that he died aboard a ship bound for that port. It was generally believed that he was buried at sea.

A tradition persisted, however, that General Pulaski died at Greenwich plantation near Savannah and that he was buried there. When the monument here was under erection the grave at Greenwich was opened. The remains found there conformed, in the opinion of physicians, to a man of Pulaski's age and stature and were re-interred beneath this memorial in a metallic case when it was erected and dedicated in 1854.