Kazimierz Pulaski was only 34 years old. Born in Warsaw, Poland, he later moved as a General for the fledgling United States of America in the war of independence. Once, the noble George Washington, the first President of the United States should have saved, in the battle of Brandywine to life. In 1779, Pulaski died in a battle in the U.S. state of Georgia. There is a monument commemorates his deeds. The young General was received as a war hero and “father of the American cavalry” in the story. But a part of this story might need a few new words. Because Pulaski was intersex or even a woman, as researchers found out.
Entirely new, the Thesis is not, however, there should be a new evidence. Already around 20 years ago, his skeleton was exhumed during a relocation of the monument. At that time, many of the female features were noticed by the researchers to the Remains, including the jaw and pelvis. The scientists could not, however, prove that it was the skeleton the of Pulaski. Among historians there was disagreement as to whether he had really been buried there in Savannah, Georgia, or not yet, to sea. According to the results of that time were dismissed as “opinion”.
Now, other researchers have found with newer methods to make sure The female skeleton belongs to Pulaski. A DNA comparison with the Remains of a great-niece have brought certainty. Already at that time, the researchers at the skeletal traces were found typical for extensive riding, and battles. Additionally, they discovered the injury, for example, of the Hand, consistent with the documented wounds of Pulaski.
Kazimierz Pulaski in the TV documentary “The General was female?”
The new research results were carried out was on Monday evening in the documentary “The General female?” in U.S. TV in more detail. In a scientific journal have not been published yet. However, this will happen soon in the “Journal of Forensic Anthopology”.
The Arizona State University reported online in detail about the case, and quoted one of the researchers who had investigated around 20 years ago, the Remains. “The skeleton is as female as possible,” says Dr. Charles Merbs. However, Pulaski is said to have also had male hormones in his body, grew for a beard and a dwindling hairline would have taken care of. What are the primary sex organs he had, not one could derive the skeleton. Traces of a birth is not recorded in the basin at least.
Whether Pulaski was intersex or a woman, so not exactly clear. Further investigations, for example, in the documents of his baptism would have let the researchers of the Thesis will develop: Pulaski seems to have been born intersex and with this decision, probably overwhelmed parents of the 18. Century, would have decided him as a man. Historians have wondered always about the fact that the war hero was never married. “I don’t think he thought at some point in his life, he was a woman,” says Dr. Merbs. “I think he thought he was a man and something would be wrong with him. To know its time you simply have nothing of these things.”
sources: Arizona State University / New York Times / BBC / NBC