Back to top

In the Polish Insurrection, three days of battles with Russian forces ends in defeat for the insurgents

Europe, 1857, zoomable map
05/07/1863 to 05/09/1863
Known as the Battle of Birzami, three consecutive engagements near Birji in Lithuania, between Polish insurgents, led by former Russian Army officer Zygmunt Seriakowski, and Russian imperial forces, ended on the third day with defeat for the 1500 Poles, the death of more than two hundred, and the capture of their wounded leader soon after.  Seriakowski was later tried and hanged in Vilnius on June 27, 1863, despite intense foreign lobbying for clemency. The Polish Insurrection went on till the following year when it was crushed. (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
W.A. Day, The Russian Government in Poland: with a Narration of the Polish Insurrection of 1863 (London: Longmans, Green, Reader, & Dyer, 1867), 207. 

Tabs