Emilia Plater (1806-1831)
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Emilia Plater was born in Vilnius to a noble Polish–Lithuanian family.  When she was 24, the November Uprising broke out against Imperial Russia and Emilia joined the revolutionaries. Emilia never hid her gender and despite objections she rose to the rank of captain, the highest rank ever awarded to a woman at that time.  She died in December 1831 of illness.  After her death, her estate was confiscated by the Russians.
Emilia is venerated as national heroine in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus.  She was immortalized in verse by Adam Mickiewicz in a poem entitled Śmierć pułkownika (Death of a Colonel) that is loosely based on her life.  During World War II, the 8,000 female soldiers in the Polish People’s Army were called Platerowski in Emilia’s honor.

Emilia Plater (1806-1831)

Art by red frame (tumblr)

Emilia Plater was born in Vilnius to a noble Polish–Lithuanian family.  When she was 24, the November Uprising broke out against Imperial Russia and Emilia joined the revolutionaries. Emilia never hid her gender and despite objections she rose to the rank of captain, the highest rank ever awarded to a woman at that time.  She died in December 1831 of illness.  After her death, her estate was confiscated by the Russians.

Emilia is venerated as national heroine in Poland, Lithuania and Belarus.  She was immortalized in verse by Adam Mickiewicz in a poem entitled Śmierć pułkownika (Death of a Colonel) that is loosely based on her life.  During World War II, the 8,000 female soldiers in the Polish People’s Army were called Platerowski in Emilia’s honor.