Over the Independence Day weekend I found myself, due to circumstances beyond my control, to be wandering around the little town of Dunkirk, NY. Looking for something interesting I happened upon an unlikely memorial to a relatively unknown Revolutionary War hero.
Some of you may remember me mentioning a Polish engineer/artillery expert who played an enormous role in the Battle of Saratoga. Tadeusz Kosciuszko also designed fortifications for a number of other cities and forts during the American Revolution, was eventually promoted to Brigadier General, returned to Poland to lead a (failed) struggle for independence from Russia, was captured but later pardoned, returned to America, and in his will gave all of his American assets toward the education and freeing of slaves in the United States. Let us just say he deserves a memorial. In fact there are several around the U.S. and Europe. I just never expected to find one here. As I looked around a bit I’ve found that it was constructed by the local ‘Polish Literary Association’.