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In search of fort Rajewski. 3 part

In the previous section, we looked at the deprivation of both the garrison of Fort Rayevsky and the majority of the garrisons of the Black Sea coastline. But how did the activity of the intermediate fortification on the edge of the Anapa Valley look like in dry figures and few published reports and reports?

More than ten years after the foundation of 1851 in January, the fort was preparing to meet another expedition to the lands of the Circassian rebels, commanded by Lazar Serebryakov. It was necessary to meet as many 2445 manned infantry, 240 cavalry of irregular cavalry with 8 transport in the form of light guns. And the meeting was not in a solemn banquet, but in the transfer of the latest information on the enemy's movement and reports of infiltrators, the deployment of soldiers in the vorstadt, and sometimes escort of columns on the sections of the road entrusted to the fort.

In search of fort Rajewski. 3 part

Naib Shamil Muhammad-Amin

In that year, Serebryakov led a campaign against the naib (deputy, a kind of right hand) of Shamil himself — Muhammad-Amin, sent by the “bosses” to create united forces on the Circassian territory. Naib partly coped with the task, creating detachments of "mutazigov", that is, equestrian guards. But in the blink of an eye, serving in horse guards became a duty for the Circassian population. Naib, approved by the Turks as the “governor of Cherkessia”, imposed fines for trade with the Russians, drove part of the Natukhais from the Kuban so that the Russians would not “blacken”, so to speak, their mind, introduce Sharia and periodically dumped the “convicts” into the canyon of the Khadzhokhskaya gorge ( Maikop District of Adygea). Neither did the Mo'thazigs themselves, who rather soon felt themselves to be some kind of "oprichniki", endowed with incommensurably greater rights than the mere Highlanders.

Naturally, some Circassians did not like this behavior of the “Turkish” protege. Therefore, information flowed not only from spies, but also from ordinary people who wanted to settle in safe places, away from extortion by pro-Turkish authorities. Russian fortifications became centers of confluence of such information. And in such matters, the officers of the forts should have been a diplomat, a kind of intelligence officer, and ... a conspirator - there were quite a few scouts of the naib.

Adagum Valley

In the first days of February, the Serebryakova expedition safely departed from the fortification, plunging into the lands of the Circassians. Again, Lazar Markovich will return to Fort Rajewski at the end of the year in December, leading the 5 infantry battalions, one hundred and fifty cavalry with the 11 guns. This time the meeting was short. Serebryakov led troops along the upper reaches of the Bakansky gorge and the valley of the Adagum River to arrive at the Novorossiysk fortification.

1 / 4-pood (122 mm) mountain unicorn

In the Caucasus, character was forged in the hardest conditions, but, as it sometimes happens, this was not the case with everyone. Some severe conditions broke. So, in the published archival materials of the Novorossiysk Museum there is a document dated February 1854 from the commandant of the fort Rayevsky headquarters captain Machugovsky:

In the garrison entrusted to me, Lieutenant Poganovsky was appointed by me to follow the convoy to Novorossiysk, but he did not want to fulfill my orders, because before the column’s performance the same number gave me a report that he was obsessed with the disease. And on the third day, he filed a report on his recovery. On that date, I assigned Poganovsky to a convoy consisting of: 4 s non-commissioned officers, 1 musicians, 60 privates, 8 volovshchikov with supplies, 10 Cossacks, and a mountain unicorn with 12 artillery men for the transport of oak forests for the upcoming installation of palisade around the fort.
What I reported to the head of the first branch of the Black Sea coastline 20 February. This forest was from a fortress at a distance of a cannon shot, but Second Lieutenant Poganovsky, appearing to me, began to shout that I assigned him with a small number of people to a dangerous place, in fact, in order to give it to the mountaineers.
At the same time, Second Lieutenant Kovalenko, on my orders, went with an escort to carry out the mission. The report and all materials on the Poganovsky case were sent for consideration to the commander of the first battalion, lieutenant colonel, Knight Suslovsky, with further consideration by the head of the first branch of the Black Sea coastline, Major General Debu.

Such cowardice shown by Sub-Lieutenant Poganovsky, perhaps more clearly illustrates the whole danger of the military service of Fort Rayevsky.

But, alas, all the hardships of our garrisons were not rewarded. The outbreak of the Crimean War, so "unexpected" for the capital, was for the "Black Sea", if not obvious, then expected. Turkish, French, British and Polish provocateurs, spies and “volunteers” scurried throughout the Caucasus, which was repeatedly reported to the capital. And about almost open contraband weapons knew and without reports. They also knew about provocations, the goals of which were to kindle a war in order to push Russia back from the Black Sea. At the same time, the Black Sea coastline was weakly reinforced from the sea side.

Tsemes Bay (view from the mountains)

28 February 1855 of the year Tsemess Bay of Novorossiysk entered the enemy squadron as part of the 5 French and British warships. Major-General Alexander Osipovich Debu, knowing full well about the city’s defenselessness from the sea, evacuated all civilians, and mobilized all the men, waiting for the landing. But until March 1, the bombing of Novorossiysk continued. At the same time, despite the terrible destruction, the enemy squadron did not dare to land troops to storm the city.

All this time the local Circassians incited to start a large-scale war against the Russians. In the current situation of the blockade from the sea, the garrison of Fort Rayevsky was completely under the control of the latter by communication with the mainland Russia. Fort Rajewski provided communication between Novorossiysk and Anapa.

In early May, it was decided to leave the city. 15 May 1855, Major General Debu's troops began to blow up all the remaining buildings and fortifications. The garrison and the inhabitants of Novorossiysk departed to Anapa with a sad march. It is this sorrowful march that will remove his garrison from Fort Rajewski once and for all. Alas, more information about the restoration of the fort was not.

Now the memory of those events has been preserved, so to speak, on the ground, partly in the names of the villages. To the west of Fort Rajewski there is a village, named after Nikolai Nikolayevich Rajewski. The village of Natukhaevskaya stands six kilometers north of Raevka, as the locals call it, a tribute to the Circassian tribes.

In the final part, we will try to find out on the spot what remains of the forgotten and abandoned fortification, except for a tiny granite stele with the founding date of the fort, which Kuban Cossacks had recently installed on the site of the fort.

To be continued ...
Articles from this series:
In search of fort Rajewski. 1 part
In search of fort Rajewski. 2 part

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  1. XII Legion
    XII Legion 22 November 2018 07: 48
    The Caucasian stage was an important milestone in the career of Admiral Serebryakov. Outstanding personality.
    And the heroic era
    Thank you
    1. Brutan
      Brutan 22 November 2018 08: 27
      We still don’t know so much about the era of Nicholas 1, one of the most heroic for our Caucasus
      1. Albatroz
        Albatroz 22 November 2018 15: 32
        And the galaxy of commanders, and then the command staff of that time, are generally underestimated. Right, you have to remember, mark
        1. Brutan
          Brutan 22 November 2018 17: 16
          Yes i join
  2. Brutan
    Brutan 22 November 2018 08: 28
    we will try to find out on the spot what remains of the forgotten and abandoned fortification, except for the tiny granite stele with the fort foundation date, which the Kuban Cossacks relatively recently established on the site of the fort.

    waiting hi
  3. Adjutant
    Adjutant 22 November 2018 08: 57
    Major General Alexander Osipovich Debu is another outstanding hero of the Caucasian Wars.
    The land of Russia is rich in worthy officers.
  4. Mikhail Matyugin
    Mikhail Matyugin 22 November 2018 10: 33
    Quote: East Wind
    the lieutenant Poganovsky entrusted to me was appointed by me to follow the convoy to Novorossiysk,
    Truly a speaking surname! )))

    Quote: East Wind
    They also knew about the provocations, the purpose of which was to foment war, in order to push Russia away from the Black Sea. At the same time, the Black Sea coastline was weakly fortified from the side of the sea.
    Well, how weak. At the very least, it held back the Circassians and other nationalities. And this factor is simply its presence - shifted the emphasis from the landing of the main landing of the allied army in the Crimea! What turned out to be a strategic mistake that predetermined the death of the entire campaign for the West - because in the event of a landing on the Caucasian coast, they would receive a mass of local allies, would receive the strategic environment of our Transcaucasian army and access to any of three directions - to Krasnodar, the Eastern Caucasus or Transcaucasia, in contrast to the Crimea, where they were corny blocked.
    1. antivirus
      antivirus 22 November 2018 12: 30
      vice versa-- leave the Black Sea exit for Sevastopol free from blows and work for the Turks (+ Persians?) in the Caucasus?
      the aim of Fr. and Ang is the European part of the Republic of Ingushetia, to seize or weaken influence in Europe, not Asia
      1. Mikhail Matyugin
        Mikhail Matyugin 22 November 2018 16: 35
        Quote: antivirus
        vice versa-- leave the Black Sea exit for Sevastopol free from blows and work for the Turks (+ Persians?) in the Caucasus?

        It was the Anglo-Franco-Sardinians who already harnessed themselves to the Turks as a whole, then helped on the Danube, there was still help left in the Caucasus. It was globally dangerous for Russia! But they FEAR the coastal forts of the Black Sea line! and they preferred Crimea, which, in the opinion of even many of their officers from the headquarters, was a strategic impasse.

        Quote: antivirus
        the aim of Fr. and Ang is the European part of the Republic of Ingushetia, to seize or weaken influence in Europe, not Asia

        You seem to be somewhat faint about the Crimean War, it was not just called the Eastern War! why is it asking if it was a European conflict, Russian America was transferred to the temporary lease of the United States, and there were British landing even in Kamchatka, and on the European front there were just no military operations!
  5. Demon
    Demon 22 November 2018 11: 42
    And my life in Novorossiysk is connected with the names of M.P. Lazarev (one of the founding fathers of the city) and N.N. Raevsky (also the founding father) - I was born in Art. Raevskaya, and in Novorossiysk lived 25 years on Lazarevskaya street.
    And proud of my village, and the hero city !!!
    Thanks for the article series!
  6. volodimer
    volodimer 22 November 2018 16: 09
    I can find both Novorossiysk and Anapa on the map, but I would like some kind of map indicating the location of the frots mentioned in the article, in order to better imagine what the "Black Sea coastline of fortifications" was like. Thanks in advance, best regards!
    1. Aviator_
      Aviator_ 23 November 2018 18: 59
      That's right, a wonderful series of articles with a lack of maps.