; born in Podolia, Poland
, March 4, 1748.
His father was the Count Pulaski
, who formed the Confederation of Bar in 1768.
He had served under his father in his struggle for liberty in Poland
; and when his sire perished in a dungeon the young count was elected commander-inchief (1770). In 1771 he, with thirty-nine others, disguised as peasants, entered Warsaw
, and, seizing King Stanislaus, carried him out of the city, but were compelled to leave their captive and fly for safety.
His little army was soon afterwards defeated.
He was outlawed, and his estates were confiscated, when he entered the Turkish army and made war on Russia
Sympathizing with the Americans
in their struggle for independence, he came to America
in the summer of 1777, joined the army under Washington
, and fought bravely in the battle of Brandywine
Congress gave him command of cavalry, with the rank of brigadier-general.
He was in the battle of Germantown
; and in 1778 his “Legion” was formed, composed of sixty light horsemen and 200 foot-soldiers.
When about to take the field in the South
the “Moravian nuns,” or singing women at Bethlehem, Pa.
, sent him a banner Greene
wrought by them, which he received with grateful acknowledgments, and which he bore until he fell at Savannah
This event is commemorated in Longfellow
's Hymn of the Moravian nuns
The banner is now in possession of the Maryland Historical Society.
Surprised near Little Egg Harbor
, on the New Jersey
coast, nearly all of his foot-soldiers were killed.
Recruiting his ranks, he went South in February, 1779, and was in active service under General Lincoln
, engaging bravely in the siege of Savannah, Ga.
(q. v.), in which he was mortally wounded, taken to the United States brig Wasp
, and there died, Oct. 11.
The citizens of Savannah
erected a monument to “Greene
,” the cornerstone of which was laid by Lafayette