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06/22/05

Project Fails to Positively Identify Pulaski Remains

He's a legend in American history, but are Count Casimir Pulaski's remains really in the monument honoring him in downtown Savannah? An eight-year project to identify the remains failed to yield sufficient DNA.

Eight years ago, crews exhumed bones from the monument, but in a report released yesterday said the mystery remains unsolved.

Historical records and skeletal injuries make a strong case for linking the remains to the Polish nobleman. But there was no DNA match.

Known as the father of the American cavalry, Pulaski came to America in 1777. He was mortally wounded during an effort to recapture Savannah from the British just two years later.

The bones were removed from an unmarked grave at a ruined plantation and moved in 1854 to Savannah's Monterey Square, where the 54-foot Pulaski Monument was erected a year later.

Historians will remain divided over whether the bones are actually his.

Reported by: WTOC staff

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