Kiersten Marcil

The Peasant Prince in America: Thaddeus Kosciuszko

Trained in both the visual and military arts in Paris, Polish-Lithuanian immigrant Thaddeus Koscuiszko spoke little English upon landing in America in 1776, but he immediately wowed our Founding Fathers and was welcomed to join the Cause for Liberty. With great success, he engineered the Turning Point of the Revolutionary War and designed America’s oldest (and continuously occupied) military base, West Point. Though he did get challenged to a duel by Angelica Schuyler’s husband… Come discover a little about this Yorktown soldier and true hero of Saratoga through drawings, stories, and letters from his lifetime.

[Recorded August 12, 2023]

Kiersten Marcil is an author and adventurer into history. Kiersten is the ambassador of a fantastical ride through the hidden deer paths of the American Revolutionary War in her book series, The Enlightened. Growing up, the Battlefields of Saratoga were her backyard and tourist sites like Fort Ticonderoga were an easy day trip, and Kiersten couldn’t have cared less. It wasn’t until journeying into adulthood that she grew to love books, and even then, not until she became a museum educator, that she discovered the fascinating world of history. It was from working as a research assistant for a book about the Constitutional Convention of 1787, however, that her fascination with the Revolutionary War flourished. Today, Kiersten is President of the Board of Authors Congress, LLC, and chairs their annual “Authors of the American Revolution Congress” in Pennsylvania. She also hosts author and book editor interviews on a weekly program, “If These Pages Could Talk,” available on her YouTube channel.

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