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Where is General Pulaski Buried?

It was believed that Genera! Pulaski was wounded in battle, died on ship, and was given a burial at sea.

The historian, Edward Pinkowski, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania followed a paper trail of documents concerning the burial of General Pulaski to that of a box containing unknown remains interned in the Pulaski Monument at Savannah, Georgia. Pinkowski's anthropological research shows the remains to be those of General Pulaski.

The city officials of Savannah are in the process of obtaining DNA from a maternal relative of General Pulaski's to compare with the remains found under the 54 foot Pulaski Monument in Georgia's most historic city, Savannah.

The gravesite of Pulaski's grandniece, Teresa Witkowska, who died in 1861, was found in Promna, Poland. Plans have now been made to acquire a DNA sample. A forensic anthropologist from the University of North Carolina went to Poland along with Mark Lazar, the head of the Pulaski National Monument Committee, to examine her remains and compare the DNA with those found at the monument in Savannah, Georgia. The anthropologists hope the DNA samples will allow them to determine whether Pulaski was indeed buried at the monument site rather than at sea as originally thought.

Military historians believe that General Pulaski would not have been buried at sea because he is considered the "Father of the American Cavalry". He died on ship when it was still in sight of land making it difficult for them to believe that a Brigadier General in the cavalry who was also an American hero, would not have a burial befitting a military hero in one of the most historic cities in the United States.

We now await the results of the DNA testing. The actual burial site of the remains of Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski may still be determined by historians and government officials.



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