133 Days to the Circassian Genocide 150th year Commemoration
12 December 1804
Cossack Commander Bursak’s Mission to Shabsugia
On the 12th of December, when the rivers froze of severe cold, Bursak progressed again against the Shabsough. The task force crossed Obun River on the same date at night and hid all day between the forests and canes until the following night. The following night it snowed heavily and a severe storm struck to the extent that the spies strayed from the road several times. At eight on the morning of the 14th of December the task force approached the Shabsough houses. As the Shabsough were cautious they rushed to the forest. But Cossack horsemen chased them and a battle revolved. The Circassians were defeated and they lost more than 500 dead and 4 prisoners. The Russian task force robbed 50 head of cows and 2000 head of sheep, and burnt buildings, grain and fodder. Upon leaving, the Shabsough gathered around 1000 people and started another fight, but they were defeated again, leaving 100 dead in the battlefield. In this mission in general, 650 people were killed and the same number were injured, more than 2000 homes were burnt and 20 horses killed.
F. A. Cherbin IKKV Volume 2 page 162