Tour Locations | A Stroll through the Heart of Savannah’s Historical District
You might want to have a seat on one of the benches on your right as you enter Monterrey Square. If not, make your way over to the monument.
The homes around this square date from the mid-1800's.
The monument in the center of the square is for Count Casimir Pulaski. He was originally from Poland. He came to America and joined with the Continental Army, fighting along side George Washington. Pulaski lost his life here in Savannah during the Siege of Savannah on October 9, 1779.
Notice on front of the monument, the relief showing him on horseback and the horses front hooves are off the ground. Anytime you see a soldier on horseback and the horses both feet are raised off the ground, that soldier lost his life in battle. When the horse has only one hoof raised off the ground, that soldier was injured in battle. As you can see here, Pulaski lost his life. Pulaski was commissioned as a Brigadier General in the American Revolution. He was only 33 years old and was the highest ranking foreign officer to lose his life during the American Revolution. Casimir Pulaski is also known as the Father of the American Calvary.
Notice the cannons on the corners of the monument, these upside down cannons represent military loss and mourning. The eagle above him, is identical to the eagle on the opposite side of the monument. The eagle is the country bird for both American and Poland, the birds each holding two shields, one for America and one for Poland. At the top of the monument you see Lady Liberty, because he was always fighting for freedom and independence.
Pulaski's monument is made of marble and was erected in 1858. I also like to point out the cast iron fence surrounding Pulaski. Look closely, notice that all the posts are cannons, with a cannonball and flame of fire - representing a cannon firing. All the spindles of the fence are spears. Everything on this monument is so representative of who Pulaski was.
Let's keep moving.
If you are standing in front of the monument, look to your right, you will see a large red brick house with white columns at the entrance. Make your way over to it.