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Thaddeus Kosciuszko: Hero of the American Revolution - Chapter 2: Thaddeus Comes to America

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When he arrived in America, he knew only the names of the leaders of the Independence Revolution. He looked for a way to join in their struggle.

By chance, he made the acquaintance of Benjamin Franklin, whom he knew was a principle figure in the colonies and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. His background and eagerness to help with the impending conflict impressed Franklin, who wrote a letter of introduction to General George Washington.

Washington was also excited to meet Thaddeus and assigned him to the United States War Department the next day.

It was also through Benjamin Franklin that he was introduced to Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence and a man Thaddeus admired ever since he first read the document.   Jefferson and Kosciuszko became instant and life-long friends.

The leaders of the new nation were happy to welcome Thaddeus to their cause, and knew he would become a great asset to the war effort.

Original Release: Jul 16, 2015

Updated Last Revision: Jun 02, 2016


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