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Mikhail Kamensky
Count Mikhail Fedotovich Kamensky ( ) (May 8, 1738August 12, 1809) was a Russian Field Marshal prominent in the Catherinian wars and the Napoleonic campaigns.

Mikhail Kamensky served as a volunteer in the Frenchmarker army in 1758-1759. He then took part in the Seven Years' War. In 1783, Kamensky was appointed Governor General of Ryazanmarker and Tambovmarker guberniyas. During the war with Turkey, in 1788, he defeated the Turks at the Moldavian settlement of Gangur. When prince Potemkin fell ill and entrusted his command of the army to Mikhail Kakhovsky, Kamensky refused to subordinate himself, referring to his seniority. For this, he was discharged from military service.

In 1797, Emperor Paul I granted Kamensky the title of count and made him retire. In 1806, Kamensky was appointed commander-in-chief of the Russian army in Prussia, which had been fighting the French armies of Napoleon. After six days of being in command, on the eve of the battle of Pułtuskmarker, he transferred the command to Feodor Buxhoeveden under pretence of illness and left for his estate near Oryolmarker.

Kamensky was notorious for his maltreatment of his serfs, and he was killed by one of them in 1809. His death occasioned a sentimental poem by Vasily Zhukovsky. He was the father of Generals Sergei Kamensky and Nikolai Kamensky. The British actress Dame Helen Mirren is his great-great-great-great-granddaughter.


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