Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a Polish-American national hero, was truly a man ahead of his time. In the 18th century he fought for universal liberty and equality for all, including native people and slaves, Polish peasants and Jews, and women. He was one of George Washington’s most important military strategists and engineers. His plans led to an
American victory at the Battle of Saratoga – a turning point in the Revolutionary War. As an accomplished military engineer, Kosciuszko designed and oversaw the construction of state-of-the-art fortifications, including the West Point.