Polish President Lech Kaczynski gives President Barack Obama
A copy of Alex Storozynski's book on Kosciuszko,"The Peasant Prince"

 

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President Obama gets book on Kosciuszko

Polish President Lech Kaczynski sat next to President Barack Obama yesterday at a luncheon in New York where world leaders were gathered for the UN session of the General Assembly.

The Polish Press Agency reported: "During his meeting with Barack Obama, President Kaczynski gave him a copy of Alex Storozynski's book about Thaddeus Kosciuszko."
(The Peasant Prince).

President Kaczynski expressed his disappointment over Obama's decision to scrap a plan by former President Bush to place a missile shield in Poland. The timing of Obama's announcement upset Poland and Polish Americans because it came on Sept. 17, the 70th anniversary of the Russian invasion of Poland at the beginning of World War II. Russian troops occupied Poland for the next five decades, and did not withdraw until after the Cold War.

Poles believe that the insensitive timing of this announcement shows that Obama does not understand Poland.

Kaczynski gave Obama a copy of, The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution, with an inscription from the author which said, "To President Obama, May Kosciuszko inspire you to learn more about Poland, the country whose motto is, For Your Freedom and Ours."

The Peasant Prince outlines Kosciuszko's pivotal role in the American Revolution and his efforts to spread that democratic revolution to Europe. In addition to fighting to overthrow the British monarchy in the United States, Kosciuszko championed the rights of black slaves in America, white serfs in feudalistic Europe, Jews, women, Native Americans and all people who were disenfranchised. His motto was, "For your freedom and ours."

Kosciuszko took another American President to task, for owning slaves. Kosciuszko became close friends with Thomas Jefferson, the man who wrote, "All men are created equal."  After serving as a General in the American Revolution, Kosciuszko gave his salary of $17,000 from the Continental Army to Jefferson and asked him to buy slaves and free them, and to educate these free black men, and to buy them land, cattle and farming tools so they could earn a living as free "citizens."
 
While Jefferson took the money - he refused to carry out the deal that he made with Kosciuszko to free slaves.
 
Unfortunately, most Americans only know Kosciuszko as a brand of mustard, a bridge in Brooklyn, or the town in Mississippi where Oprah Winfrey was born. But he was a true American hero.
 
Kosciuszko joined the Continental Army in 1776, and after building forts near Philadelphia; he devised the strategy for the Battle of Saratoga - the turning point of the American Revolution.
 
Kosciuszko also drafted the blueprints for West Point and built the fortress that Benedict Arnold tried to sell to the British.
 
Jefferson said of Kosciuszko: "He is as pure a son of liberty, as I have ever known, and of that liberty which is to go to all, and not to the few or rich alone."

 

The Peasant Prince to receive "Military Order of Saint Louis"

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The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (the Knights Templar) has announced that it will award the Military Order of Saint Louis to Alex Storozynski for The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and The Age of Revolution.
 
Brigadier General John T. Digilio, Jr., Chancellor of the Templar Priory of Saint Patrick in the Hudson Valley of New York, said: "It is the purpose of the revived Military Order of Saint Louis in the United States to annually recognize an author either for an individual work of military and/or naval history or literature, or for a body of such work."
 
"In this quadricentennial of the Hudson River, the author whose outstanding work of military history stood out above all others - in a field noteworthy for its excellence, was Alex Storozynski's The Peasant Prince: Thaddeus Kosciuszko and the Age of Revolution, about the Polish engineer who, on his own initiative, bound his fate with that of the cause of American Liberty, and who is responsible for the fortification of West Point, key to the strategic Hudson River."

Previous recipients of the revived Military Order of Saint Louis include:

James Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers
Thomas Fleming, The Duel and other works
Philip Caputo, Rumor of War
Colonel David Fitz Enz, Why a Soldier and The Final Invasion
Colonel Charles Waterhouse, Marines and Others and Delta to DMZ
Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide * Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
Don Troiani, Don Troiani's Civil War
Colonel John Grider Miller, The Bridge at Dong Ha
* Winner of the General Wallace M. Greene, Jr. Book Award from the Marine Corps Historical Foundation
Jason Conroy, Heavy Metal: A Tank Company's Battle to Baghdad
Major Seán Michael Flynn, The Fighting 69th: One Remarkable National Guard Unit's Journey from Ground Zero to Baghdad

The presentation will be conducted on Oct. 15 in Chappaqua, New York
at Crabtree's Kittle House,
11 Kittle Road.

For Reservations, call (914) 941-2118