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Memorial to a Freedom Fighter

By Linda Tancs

Within walking distance of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell Center is Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial. Located on Pine Street, the national monument is the house where Kosciuszko, a Polish freedom fighter, lived. A military engineer, he fought in the Revolutionary War and designed fortifications that earned him the rank of colonel. Among his successes, his structures and use of topography are credited as contributions to the American victory at Saratoga. In addition to exhibits highlighting his military career in Poland and America you’ll see the room where he received notable visitors such as Chief Little Turtle and Thomas Jefferson.

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