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Tadeusz Kosciuszko



Tadeusz Kosciuszko
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.09

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     challenging words:    Tadeusz, fortification, well-educated, characteristic, brigadier, planner, military, abuse, wounded, oath, rank, port, dictator, reorganize, defeat, prisoner
     content words:    Tadeusz Andrzej Bonawentura Kosciuszko, American Revolution, Fort Mercer, Delaware River, Fort Ticonderoga, Bemis Heights, General Burgoyne, Revolutionary War, Hudson River, West Point


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Tadeusz Kosciuszko
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Tadeusz Andrzej Bonawentura Kosciuszko is the given name of a hero of the American Revolution. It would sound much different in his native Polish, but Americans usually pronounce his last name koz-ee-OS-koe. He was born in Poland in 1746. Poland is a country in eastern Europe. Kosciuszko's family was well-educated and owned some land, but they were still very poor. Tadeusz took the course in life many young men in the same situation took. He decided to make his career in the military. While in training, he discovered two of his own characteristics that would help him throughout his life. First of all, he found that he had a great skill in developing strategies to win battles. His ability to plan tricks to overcome an enemy in battle became famous. The second characteristic he found was his belief in freedom for every man, woman, and child. Both of these characteristics were to carry him into the hearts of the American colonists.
 
2     Military engineers were hard to find in the 1700s. A military engineer is a person who takes charge of building roads and bridges that will be used by the soldiers fighting in a war. In 1776, Kosciuszko left his home in Poland and headed for America. He was needed by the colonial forces. He was a brilliant planner, an accomplished engineer, and he believed in the American quest for freedom. He was quickly accepted into the colonial army and given the rank of colonel.
 
3     Kosciuszko's first task was to defend the port at Philadelphia against British attack. He ordered Fort Mercer built on the Delaware River and had fences built in the river that would force the British ships to sail into an American trap. His plan was a success.

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