Mihail Cerchez

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Mihail Cerchez Cristodulo
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Born(1839-06-08)8 June 1839
Died12 July 1885(1885-07-12) (aged 46)
Resting placeEternitatea cemetery, Iași
Known forRomanian officer; gained fame for fighting against the Turks. On 28 November 1877 at Pleven Castle, Osman Pasha surrendered his sword to him when he capitulated.

Mihail Cerchez Cristodulo (1839–1885) was a Romanian general.


Descended from an old Moldavian family of Circassian origin (his surname is the Romanian word for "Circassian"), Cerchez was colonel in the Romanian Army during the Romanian War of Independence (1877-1878), and fought at the Siege of Pleven and the battles of Smârdan and Vidin.

Cerchez gained fame for being the officer to whom Osman Pasha surrendered and gave his sword on 28 November 1877 at Pleven.


The 85th Logistics Support Battalion for the 8th Mixed Artillery Brigade was named General Mihail Cerchez.

As a gratitude for his efforts toward the independence of Bulgaria, the Bulgarian people built a bust of him in the Romanian Soldier Mausoleum at Grivitsa.