Timeline for Alexander Bulatovich from 1870 until he became a monk in 1907, with excerpts from his military record


The following is source material that Richard Seltzer (seltzer@samizdat.com) used in writing the novels The Name of Hero and The Name of Man. This is a translation from Russian of a handwritten document in the possession of Andre Orbeliani, nephew of Alexander Bulatovich. Date here was new style, converted from the old style used in the document.

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"Despite its bland title, this is the most important book on the history of eastern Africa to have been published for a century."  That's the beginning of a review of my book Ethiopia Through Russian Eyes (my translation from the Russian of From Entotto to the River Baro and With the Armies of Menelik II by Alexander Bulatovich) that just appeared in the August/Septemter 2008 issue of Old Africa (published in Kenya).

By Order of His Imperial Highness the Lord Emperor Nikolai Alexandrovich, Autocrat of All Russia, etc., etc. etc.

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Timeline summary based primarily on that document:

1870 Oct. 9 (S.26) Alexander Bulatovich born

1874 June 20 His sister Mariya (Meta) born

1891 June 4 (M.22) enlisted in His Majesty's Life-Guard Hussar Regiment as a private

1892 Feb. 27 (14) promoted to non-commissioned officer

June 12 (25) by divisional order No. 60, received permission to wear glasses both on duty and off duty

July 14 (1) by order No. 64 of the Second Guard Cavalry Division was renamed cadet standard

Aug. 29 (16) promoted to cornet, with date of rank of Aug. 17 (4)

Dec. 12 (N.29) appointed director of the recruits of the Fifth Squadron

1893 Nov. 29 (16) surrendered post of director of the recruits of the Fifth Squadron; appointed to the fencing detachment formed under the Life-Guard Horse Grenadier Regiment for the training of fencing instructors

1894 Feb. 14 (1) chosen candidate director of sections of the Officer's Assembly

Feb. 27 (14) appointed assistant director of the regimental training detachment

April 23 (10) returned to his regular regiment

1895 Feb. 21 (8) for the second time was chosen as a candidate director of sections of the Officer's Assembly

Oct. 11 (S.28) for the second time appointed assistant director of the regimental training detachment

1896 Jan. 4 (D.24) appointed temporary director of the regimental training detachment

Jan. 22 (9) surrendered temporary director post

March 5 (F.21) appointed temporary director of the regimental training detachment

March 10 (Feb.26) surrendered post of candidate director of sections of the officers' assembly; awarded the silver medal in remembrance to God of the esteemed Sovreign Emperor Alexander III

March 12 (F.28) surrendered post of temporary director of regimental training detachment

June 8 sent on mission as a member of the medical detachment directed to the theatre of Abyssianian-Italian operations; awarded a silver medal in commemoration of the Holy Cornonation of Their Imperial Majesties

Dec.19 (6) returned from mission; by royal order, promoted to poruchik with date of rank of Aug. 17 (4)

1897 July 15 (2) awarded the order of Saint Ann in the third degree

Sept.14 (1) sent on a mission to the Abyssinian Negus Menelik, as a member of the diplomatic mission under the leadership of an Acting State Councillor

Nov. 17 (4) by official memorandum No. 2223, royal permission granted to accept and to wear the Abyssinian Order of the Ethiopian Star in the second degree and the medal of the Abyssinian Red Cross

1898 April 18 (5) promoted to staff-rotmister

Sept. 14 (1) returned from the mission

Sept. 20 (7) in accord with report of the War Minister, the Emperor permitted him to accept a saber bestowed on him by Ras Walde Georgis, but without the right to wear it in Russia

1899 Jan. 4 (D.22) accepted the post of director of the regimental training detachment

Jan. 8 (D.26) confirmed in post of director of the regimental training detachment

March 11 (F.26) awarded the Order of Saint Stanislav

March 26 (13) on the basis of telegrams from the director of the Asian Department, Chief of Staff Major General Putyat and official memorandum No. 492 of division haedquarters, he was sent on a mission as a member of the Russian Imperial Diplomatic Mission to Abyssinian Negus Menelik for 9 months with maintenance of all state pay of the post occupied on March 24 (11)

Oct. 24 (11) discharged from the post of director of the regimental training detachment as of Oct. 25 (12)

1900 May 25 (12) returned from mission

July 6 with royal concurrence reported in memordandum No. 33673 of the Chiief of Staff, sent on a mission at the disposal of the commander of the armies of the Kwantung region to Port Arthur, to be attached to one of the cavalry or Cossack elements operating in China

Verbatim excerpt from the military record, covering his service in Manchuria July 6 to October 12, 1900:

With royal concurrence reported in official memorandum No. 33673 of the Chief of Staff, July 6, 1900, he was sent on a mission at the disposition of the commander of the armies of the Kwantung region to Port Arthur for assignment to one of the cavalry or Cossack elements operating in China July 7, 1900. By order No. 618 of the Trans-Baikal army and regular armies of the Trans-Baikal Territoy, July 19, 1900, he was appointed to the Third Verkhneudinsk Regiment of the Trans-Baikal Cossack Army as second assistant commander of the regiment on July 19, 1900.

He took part in the battle at Ongun Station, where before the beginning of the battle he carried out under fire reconnaissance of the Chinese position and led an attach of the Third Verkhneudinsk Regiment, commanding the first troop of the second squadron, and then combined with the first squadron, July 30, 1900. On overtaking the main forces of the enemy, he attacked the reserves and with 30 Cossack expert horsemen captured vehicles from the transprot of the fleeing troops and pursued the fleeing cavalrymen to Urdingi Station. At Urdingi Station (33 versts from Ongun) he encourntered a fresh Chinese infrantry detachment in a strong position, attacked it and after a three and a half hour battle forced it to retreat.

With a flying detachment from the 6th squadron of the Third Verkhneudinsk Regiment, he occuped the city of Hailar on August 1, 1900. During the night of August 1-2, near Hailar, he fought off an unexpected attacking force of first-rate enemy troops and after six hours of persistent batttle forced the enemy to retreat beyond the River Emingol and pursued the retreating toorps August 2, 1900.

He was appointed commander of a flying detachment made up of a composite company of skirmishers -- 200 men -- and two guns of the Second Trans-Baikal Cossack Battery on August 2, 1900. That same day he se out from Hailar, overtook the main forces of the Chinese at Dzhaimete (45 verts from Hailar), attacked them, and after five hours of persistent flighting forced them to retreat, and in part pursued them, August 4, 1900. He pursued them to Ha-la-kuo Station (95 versts) from August 5 to August 7, 1900.

He ws appointed with the composite squadron as a member of the flying detachment of Captain Smolyannikov, August 7, 1900... He carrie dout with a comopany of skirmishers reconnaissance on the Chinese detachment that had come to Hailar August 11, 1900. He took part in a skirmish near Mien-tu-ho as a member of the flying detachment of Captain Smolyannikove August 12, 1900. He took part in a Cossack skirmish near Yakeshi as a member of the detachment of Captain Smorlannikov, August 13, 1900.

He took part in the battle near Yakeshi, in command of the mounted reserve. At 2:00 PM he directed an attach of the 4th and 5th battalions of Trans-Baikal infantry of the Cossack brigade against the left flank of the Chinese battle order. At 6:00 PM he attacked with the 2nd squadron the right flank of the Chinese battle order that had been cut off and beaten back form the mountains. At 9:00 PM, having gathered Cossacks after the battle at Yakeshi, he attacked the Chinese bivouac. He pursued the retreating enemy to Mien-tu-ho (47 versts from Yakeshi) August 14, 1900.

He was appointed commander of the flying detachment made up of the 13th Ural company of railway guards and the 5th squadron of the Third Verkhneudinsk Regiment for getting information about the locale in front of Mien-tu-ho from August 16 to August 18, 1900. He carried out that assignment. He set out with the esignated detachment for reconnaissance of the Chinese and took part in a skirmish with Chinese advanced sentries August 18, 1900. He carried out at dawn intensified reconnaissance fo the Chinese in which he took down the advanced Chinese picket with eight skirmishers of the main mounted patrol August 19, 1900. he stayed with the detachment in sight of the Chinese position, carrying out reconnaissance of the position August 19-21, 1900, and at night went with three skirmishers on a turning movement of the Chinese right flank tot he bivouac of the main Chinese forces from August 21 to August 22, 1900.

He was appointed commander of a flying detachment made up fo the 2nd, 5th, and 6th squadrons, of the Verkhneudinsk Regiment, half of the 4th squadron and the 13th company of railway guards for turning mvoement sof the rear of the Chinese position August 23, 1900. He completed an 85 verst turning movement and attacked with two squadrons the reinforcements that had come from Tsitsihar; and with other companies he attacked the main forces of the Chinese that had retreated from Khitan and, with the cooperation of the 6th Tersk company of railway guards, smashed them, capturing five guns, 122 vehicles and many flags, August 24, 1900.

Appointed commander of a flying detachment made up of the 6th Tersk company of railway guards and the 6th squadron of the Verkhneudinsk Regiment for obtaining information about hte road to Tsitsihar, and that same day had a skirmish at Dzhemantun, August 28, 1900. He attacked for 35 versts to the west form Fu-la-erh-chi the chinese who were retreating from Tsitsihar and smashed them, capturing a large military transport (35 vehicles, about 40,000 cartridges). That same day he occupied the crossing at Fu-la-erh-chi, August 16, 1900.

He was sent with a mounted patrol of three Cossacks to Harbin (300 versts) with the aim of entering into communication with the Harbin detachment and met cavalry from that detachment at Ulimo (186 versts from Fu-la-erh-chi) September 1, 1900.

He returned from Fu-la-erh-chi September 5, 1900. He found the regiment having set out as part of the detachment of General Rennenkampf at Syan-si-na. He took part in the campaign against Pe-tu-na September 9, 1900. He took part in the campaign against Kuan-ch'eng-tsu from September 19 to Septermber 21, 1900.

He ws sent with a mounted patrol of 15 men 60 versts south from Kuan-Ch-eng-tzu to free a missionary; that he accomplished September 22 to 24, 1900. He took part in the campaign against Ta-ku-shan from September 25 to September 28, 1900. He was sent with a mounted patrol of 20 skirmishers to find missionary Lavesier September 29, 1900. He had a skirmish at Ya-nu-shan September 30, 1900. The evening of that day he freed the missionary at 130 versts north from Ta-ku-shan. He was wounded from ambush at the Ya-nu-shan pass October 2, 1900. He returned to Ta-Ku-shan October 6, 1900. He came down with typhus and was left in Ta-ku-shan when the regiment left for Harbin October 12, 1900.
Continuation of timeline summary based on Bulatovich's military record. Note the five-month gap from when he was left in Ta-ku-shan on October 12 and his next official military act:

Oct. 12 (S.29) B. left in Ta-ku-shan when regiment left for Harbin

1901 Feb.26 (13)-May 20 (7) attached to the Staff of the Southern Manchurian detachment

March 3 (F.18)-15 (2) took part in the expedition to Mongolia against Kulo

March 6 (F.21) commanding the sentry detachment, had an engagement with a detachment of the enemy at the Paketu road

March 6 (F.21)-7 (F.22) took part in the night battle in the taking of the city of Kulo, commanding a separate column of skirmishers

March 8 (F.23) took part in the pursuit of the Chinese troops of Tszin-Chan

March 28 (15)-April 25 (12) took part in expedition to Eastern Manchuria

March 28 (15) appointed commander of the mounted skirmisher detachments of the 3rd, 11th, and 15th East Siberian Regiments

April 1 (M.19) took part in the battle on the Kapshamen heights, commanding the turning movement of skirmishers

April 6 (M. 24) took part in the engagement with Chinese troops near Erdagau and Syrdau; commanded the turning movement of skirmishers of the Third and Eleventh regiments in the action against Liokha-chen in the battle at the Kaulapondu Wood

April 17 (4) took part in the mountain battle with Chinese troops near Uan-Kolou near Tasatian and Kau-chy-san-gou

April 20 (7) took part in the engagements with Chinese troops enar Van-sha-my-pan ; took part in the battle near Synmanpu

April 21 (8)-22 (9) took part in the night pursuit of Chinese troops who had retreated from Synmanpu

April 25 (12)-May 2 (A.19) took part in the expedition against Khadi-zhen-syan as a member of the detachment of Lieutenant Colonel Zapolsky

June 21 (8) returned from China to regiment, appointed temporary commander of 5th squadron

June 22 (9) surrendered this command

August 21 (8) appointed temporary commander of 5th squadron

August 26 (13) surrendered this command

Sept. 2 (A.20)-Sept. 14 (1) on leave (19 days, probably following annual military exercises

leave extended to 21 (8)

Sept. 22 (9) appointed temporary commander of 5th squadron

Sept. 23 (10) surrendered this command

Oct. 10 (S.27) appointed temporary commander of 5th squadron

Nov. 1 (O.19) surrendered this command

Dec. 21 (8) appointed commander of 5th squadron

1902 Jan. 5 (D.23)-Jan. 19 on leave 2 weeks, for Christmas season

Feb. 27&28 (14,15) for having performed with distinction in the actions against the Chinese, the Sovreign Emperor assented to bestow on him the Saint Ann in the second degree with swords and the Saint Apostle-like Prince Vladimir in the 4th degree with swords and bow, effective Feb. 29 (16)

April 27 (14) promoted to rotmister

May 5 (A.22) confirmed in post of commander of 5th squadron

August [course at Pavlovsky ends; does not take usual Aug. leave]

Sept. 3 (A.21) royal permission to accept and wear Chevalier Cross of the French Order of the Legion of Honor

Dec. 3 (N.20) surrendered command of 5th squadron

Dec. 22 (9) relieved of post of member of regimental court

Dec. 31 (18) relieved of post of commander of 5th squadron

1903

Feb. 9 (J.27) enrolled in the reserves of the Guard Cavalry

1906

April 12 (M.30) placed on the retired list with honor

June 19 (6) official record signed by military officials

1907

Sept. 12 (A.30) official record copied and signed by monk (apparently prior to B.'s departure for Mount Athos)


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