U.S. Revolutionary War hero General Casimir Pulaski is believed to have been a woman or an intersex, according to a Georgia Southern University study.
Researchers claim that an examination of his skeletal remains show that he was a woman. Their findings indicated that Pulaski’s pelvis, jaw bone and facial structure were characteristically female.
A new documentary suggests that Pulaski was an intersex, though no further details were offered. Generally, individuals who are intersex have the reproductive and/or sexual organs that do not match the usual definition of male or female anatomy. It was also determined that Pulaski had a condition known as congenital adrenal hyperplasia, a genetic disorder of the adrenal gland.
When the researchers examined the pelvis, they discovered the pelvic cavity more closely resembled that of a woman’s. Mitochondrial DNA testing later confirmed the remains matched Pulaski’s family line, ASU Now reported
The Smithsonian Channel on Monday aired a documentary titled “The General was a Woman?” that explored the issue of Pulaski’s gender. Pulaski, a military tactician of note, was known for the field innovations of combining the cavalry with the infantry.
He was wounded in the Battle of Savannah, Georgia, on Oct. 9, 1779, and died two days later. His death is a holiday in Illinois.