Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko | Ninety Six

Colonel Tadeusz Kościuszko

Colonel Thaddeus Kosciuszko was a Polish–Lithuanian military engineer and a military leader who became a national hero in Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, and the United States.  During the Siege of Ninety Six, Kosciuszko served as the chief combat engineer under General Nathaniel Greene.  Greene and Kosciuszko devised a plan to dig a shaft underground, towards the Star Fort, and pack it with black powder, which would be ignited and blow a massive hole in the Star Fort walls.  Progress digging the tunnel was slow, due to constant attacks from Lieutenant Colonel John Cruger​'s British troops, sent at night to disrupt siege operations.