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The famous Belarusian military commander, a hero of American civil war and the leader of liberation uprizing in Poland - Tadevush Kasciushka (Tadeusz Kosciuszko) - was born in Kosava, Belarus.
Tadevush Kasciushka (Tadeusz Kosciuszko) 1746-1817
- A cadet of the Military Academy in Warsaw, an outstanding, educated in France engineer - strategist, a hero of the U.S. War of Independence, the commander-in-chief of the only Polish uprising to be named after its leader - Kosciuszko Rising. Teddy Koscuszko is the best example of the international hero fighting for liberty of the oppressed nations in a brave, acceptable way.
Tadeusz Kosciuszko came from a family of middle Belarusian gentry, born in February 1746 in Kosava, near Brest, in Western Belarus. In September 2003 American embassy in Belarus has signed a grant to restore a house of his birth in Kosava. He attended the Cadet School and in 1770 left for Paris to continue his studies. There, he became acquainted with the progressive ideology of the French Enlightenment. Poland was undergoing the first partition of 1772 when Kosciuszko was in France. In 1776 at the age of 20 Kosciuszko left for America and took part in the fight for the freedom of the North American colonies. He soon became General George Washington's chief engineer and strategist, contributing to the decisive American victory at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777. The following year he directed the construction of several = fortifications for the Continental Army. In 1783 he was granted United States citizenship, a pension, estates, and the rank of brigadier general.
A true son of liberty and democracy, Kosciuszko was a close friend of Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States; father of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; and designer of the elaborate fortifications of the U.S. Army Military Academy at West Point, New York. A good portion of his life was spent in fighting for freedom and independence of his homeland. During Soviet times, his achievements on behalf of Belarus as well as his contributions in the U.S. revolutionary war were forgotten and neglected. The United States has honored Kosciuszko in many ways, including the placement of his statue in LaFayette park across the street from the White House in Washington....... Kosava Palace, Belarus
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Great Belarusian Military Commanders
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