Monday, February 6, 2017

February 6, 2017 This bronze gun is currently preserving in the Poltava Battle Museum. It was cast in the early part of the 18th century by unknown master for the Pryluksky regiment headed by colonel Gnat Galagan (? – 1748). In 1708 he didn’t follow Hetman Ivan Masepa who allied himself with Swedish King Charles XII on October 28, 1708. However, only 3,000 Cossacks followed their Hetman, with rest including colonel Gnat Galagan remaining loyal to the Tsar. 
Colonel Gnat Galagan and his coat of arms
Later on colonel Galagan helped to the Russian detachment under the command of colonel Peter Yakovlev to destroy Zaporozhian Sich. For his loyality to Tsat Peter I colonel Galagan was promoted commander Chigirin regiment. 
The gun bears the coat of arms of the colonel and undoubtedly was cast by some skilled master.