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N.D. Tchertkoff, 1794-1852

Nikolai Dmitrievich Tchertkoff

Nikolai Dmitrievich participated in many bloody skirmishes with the French (1812-1814), treatment commanded the Tver Dragoon Regiment during the Russian-Turkish War of 1828-1829, and became adjutant under Field Marshal I.F. Paskevich-Erivansky in Warsaw.

He reached the peak of his celebrity after he retired from the army, thanks to his exclusive generous gesture: in 1836 he donated 2 million rubles and 1000 serfs for the construction of a military academy in his native Voronezh. By request of the donor it was named Mikhailovsky in honor of the Grand-Prince Mikhail Pavlovich Romanov. In the spring of 1845 the Mikhailovsky Military Academy was solemnly opened and since that time provided high quality military personnel for the Imperial Army. As a token of gratitude for Tchertkoff’s dedicated service, a single memorial medal was minted from pure gold.

Nikolai Dmitrievich died in 1852 in St. Petersburg and was buried in the Alexander Nevsky Lavra. On his grave is inscribed “To the founder and trustee of the Mikhailovsky Military Academy – Lieutenant-General N.D. Tchertkoff”.