Reburial of Cossack Generals Remains
On September 8, 2022, the Divine Liturgy in the Starocherkassk Army Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection was led by the Head of the Don Metropolia, Metropolitan Mercury of Rostov and Novocherkassk. His Eminence was co-served by the senior priest of the Resurrection Cathedral, archpriest Valery Voloshchuk, Secretary of the Diocesan Administration of the Rostov-on-Don Diocese, priest Dimitri Bolotaev, head of the Diocesan Department for Work with the Cossacks, archpriest Georgy Smorkalov, acting the governor of the Don Starocherkassk Efremov convent hieromonk Sergiy (Kolomits), dean of the parishes of the Aksai District, priest Alexy Shilov, dean of the parishes of the Western District the city of Rostov-on-Don Priest Alexander Litvinenko, clergy of the diocese.
At the end of the Divine Liturgy, a memorial service and a ceremony were held to transfer the remains of the heroes of the Napoleonic War of 1812 to eternal rest in the crypt of the Army Cathedral of Christ’s Resurrection.
On the Maidan in front of the Resurrection Cathedral, in the presence of Cossacks and cadets from the cadet corps of the Rostov region, military honors were paid to the participants of those distant events. The ceremony was attended by the Governor of the Rostov region Vasily Golubev, the Head of the Don Metropolia, Metropolitan of Rostov and Novocherkassk Mercury, the ataman of the All-Great Don Army, the head of the Aksai district Sergey Bodryakov.
“Today, the Russian army, the Cossacks are fighting for our independence, our sovereignty. The feats that our great–grandfathers performed during the War of 1812 and during the Great Patriotic War should remain not only in memory, but be an example for our descendants,” said the head of the region Vasily Golubev.
In his speech, Metropolitan noted: “At the end of each funeral prayer, amazing words are pronounced: “And make them an eternal memory.” But God remembers all the deceased anyway, because their holy names are written in the Lord’s book of life. Therefore, “eternal memory” is in our hearts, it is important to us, and it is about this memory that the Church reminds us. Because the page of human history should not be turned over and simply forgotten. There are no pages in the book of life, but there is a continuous chronicle in which our names and deeds are side by side with the names and deeds of our illustrious ancestors, for whom we will pray especially hard today, after which they will rightfully find their rest in the crypt of the Cossack cathedral… May we be worthy of the exploits of our great ancestors: both military, both state and spiritual.”
Then a memorial service was held in the Resurrection Cathedral. The service was performed by the Head of the Don Metropolia, Metropolitan Mercury of Rostov and Novocherkassk. After that, the remains were transferred and laid to rest in the crypt of the Cathedral.
Lieutenant General Karpov 2nd Akim Akimovich (1763-1837)
In military service since the age of 16. In the regiment of M.I. Platov, he fought on the Kuban line and in Chechnya. In 1797, with the rank of “artillery captain”, he formed two companies of the Don Artillery, becoming its founder. Commanding a regiment of his own name, he fought with the Turks at Zhurzha and in Serbia, at Brailov, Girsov, Rassevat, Tataritsa, Silistria and Ruschuk, at Shumla and in Batin.
In 1812, he fought in all battles from Mir to Berezina. In the Battle of Borodino, he commanded a Cossack brigade on the left flank of the Russian Army. For distinction under Tarutino, he was awarded the Order of St. Anna with diamonds. He beat the French at Glogau, Dresden, Bautzen, Katzbach, Leipzig, Saint-Dizier, La Lotiere, Montmiral, Craon, Laon, Paris and Fen-Champenoise. After the war, he was the commander of the entire Don artillery, chairman of the committee on the organization of the Don Army and the leader of the Don nobility. For his service, he was awarded many awards and orders of St. George of the 3rd class, St. Alexander Nevsky, St. Anna of the 1st degree with diamonds, St. Vladimir of the 2nd degree, the Prussian Order of the Red Eagle and the Golden Saber For Bravery.
Major General Grekov 8th Pyotr Matveyevich (1762-1817)
He began his service as an ordinary Cossack, fought in the Caucasus and against the Turks, participated in the storming of Izmail, together with A.V. Suvorov participated in the Italian campaign, where he personally saved the great commander in battle. Distinguished himself at Trebbia and Novi. He earned the Grandmaster Cross of John of Jerusalem. After returning from the campaign, he joined the civil service, but in 1808 he returned to the ranks and fought against the Turks. In 1812, he was a major general and commander of a brigade of 10 regiments in the Danube Army, a participant in many battles. He beat enemies near Brest-Litovsk, Kaidans and Berezina. He stormed the fortifications of Borisov and captured more than 2,000 people. At M. Hotavichi was wounded by a bullet in the head, awarded the Order of St. Anna, 1st class. In 1904, the 16th Don Cossack Regiment began to bear his name as the eternal chief.
Major General Grigory Andreevich Dyachkin (1755-1819)
Participated in many battles in the Caucasus and against the Turks. In 1812, as part of the 3rd Observational Army, Tormasov fought with the enemy near Lyuboml. He especially distinguished himself during General Chaplitz’s raid to Slonim, where he defeated and captured the 3rd regiment of the Chevalier Lancers of Napoleon’s Guards. Personally wounded and captured the commander of this regiment , Brigadier General Ya . The button. For this feat, his regiment, the only one of the Cossack regiments, was awarded a nominal St. George banner with the inscription: “To the Brave Don Dyachkin Regiment.” After that, he beat the enemy on the Berezina, near Kovno and in foreign campaigns.
Lieutenant-General Akim Akimovich Karpov (1789-1879)
He entered the service at the age of ten, and in his thirteenth year he was promoted to cornet. For his differences in the war with the French at the town of Altenburg and near the city of Gelsberg, he was awarded the Order of St. Anne of the III degree. Since 1807, with the rank of centurion, Akim Akimovich participated in the war with the Turks: during the blockade of Brailov, the capture of the Babadag fortress and at the town of Rassevat, where, commanding a hundred Cossacks, he defeated the enemy with a rapid onslaught, for which he was awarded a golden saber with the inscription: “For bravery.” In 1812, for military battles, he had the rank of lieutenant colonel, was awarded the Order of St. George IV degree and the Order of St. Anna II degree. During the Persian and Turkish Wars (1826-1829), for bravery and bravery, his regiment received a banner with the inscription: “For distinction in the Persian and Turkish Wars in 1827, 1828 and 1829.” After the end of the war with the Turks, Akim Akimovich participated in the struggle against the mountain peoples, and only in 1833 returned with a regiment of his name to the Don. Three years later, General Karpov was appointed District General of the 4th Military District; in 1843, he was promoted to lieutenant general with the appointment of a marching ataman of the Don Cossack regiments sent to the Western Region. In 1855, Akim Akimovich Karpov was a marching ataman of the Cossack regiments of the Goy Army. Since November 19, 1860, Akim Akimovich was in the Army, and six years later he was dismissed.