Friday, January 23, 2009

Tadeusz Kosciuszko

Tadeusz Kosciuszko (1746–1817) was a Polish, Belarusian and Lithuanian national hero, and an honorary citizen of France who fought in the American Revolution under George Washington. In recognition of his dedicated and faithful service he was brevetted by the Continental Congress to the rank of Brigadier General in 1783, and became a naturalized citizen of the United States that same year.

This statue, erected in 1927 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the enlistment of Kosciuszko into the Continental Army, is the work of Theo Ruggles Kitson (1876-1932), one of the most prolific female bronze sculptors in America who also designed the world renowned statue of the Minuteman at the Lexington Battle Green. The sculpture portrays Kosciuszko holding the plans for the future West Point. The statue is located near the Boylston Street entrance of the Public Gardens.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Antjas said...

Good old Tadeusz Kosciuszko! In downtown Los Angeles there is a very short street named after him near the business district that I used to pass on my way to work. I'm sure they realized they could only give him a block because no one could spell it.
If you have time neighbor, please stop by my new blog at I also include Lincoln and Concord. Let's face it, we don't have all the photo ops you do in Boston.

Białe nad czerwonym said...

wow, how nice is to see Polish national hero at Your blog

George Townboy said...

Great shot and fantastic info, thank you. Amazing how you bring these statues to life, statues I must have walked by a thousand time and never even noticed.

George Townboy said...

Re: the lighthouse. It is not a functional lighthouse and was designed to be a decorative addition to the Lake Front, along with the peninsula it resides on - one of the great things the City Of Kissimmee has created.

Marie-Noyale said...

Yes I learned something today!!
The name was familiar I hear it all the time on the radio that Kosciuszko bridge in the Queens is always stuck in traffic!! but had NO idea the guy was a little French!!

Greg Milici said...

Commemorations to Kosciuszko extend as far as Australia, where every school child learns that the tallest mountain in Australia is Mt. Kosciuszko. The Polish explorer Pawel Strzelecki (after whom the nearby Strzelecki mountain range is named) named the mountain after his fellow countryman Tadeusz Kosciuszko