When the ancestors of Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov appeared in Russia, it remains a mystery. Some biographers of the great commander claim that this happened at the beginning of the 16th century, during the reign of Prince Vasily III. But, Suvorov himself pointed out that this happened a little later - in 1622, when the brothers Suvor and Naum arrived from Sweden to serve the Russian Tsar Mikhail Fedorovich. The descendants of Suvor later received the surname Suvorov.
As a child, no one would have thought that this frail, sickly child would ever be able to become a military man. But, at the age of 12, Sasha Suvorov was able to convince his father to enroll him in the service in the Semyonovsky Life Guards regiment. By the way, there is still no reliable information about the date of birth of Suvorov. Some historians say that he was born in 1729, others - in 1730. Suvorov himself wrote in one of his autobiographies that he entered the service at the age of 12, while calling his date of birth 1727.
Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov got married late - at 44 years old. And then, only at the request of his father. The marriage was unsuccessful. After numerous betrayals of his wife, Suvorov started a divorce proceedings, ending it at the insistence of his relatives. But he stopped communicating with his wife. Two children remained from the marriage - daughter Natalya and son
Arkady. Moreover, Arkady Suvorov recognized as his son after much hesitation.
In 1789, Suvorov defeated with his army a 220, 000-strong Turkish army in the battle on the Rymnik River, for which he received the count's title and the right to bear the name Suvorov-Rymniksky. Ironically, the commander's son Arkady Suvorov drowned in the same river in 1811 during the next Russian-Turkish war.
Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov had an unusual talisman - an old overcoat, which he inherited from his father. He took her on all trips. Once the overcoat fell into the hands of enemies. Suvorov literally did not find a place for himself. For two weeks the soldiers, secretly from Suvorov, went to reconnaissance. Their perseverance was crowned with success, the overcoat was found and returned to its rightful owner.
In November 1799, Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov was awarded the highest military rank in Russia - Generalissimo. Before him, only three generals were awarded such an honor.
At the same time, Suvorov often criticized the policies of Paul the First. For example, he spoke sharply negatively about a new uniform for the Russian army, which was made according to the Prussian model. Once he played a whole performance: for a quarter of an hour he tried to get into the carriage, demonstrating how uncomfortable the new uniform was and how the sword hindered him.
Shortly before his death, Suvorov was visited by the famous Russian poet Gavriil Romanovich Derzhavin. The commander complained that his days were drawing to a close and asked the poet what inscription he would recommend to inscribe on the monument. Derzhavin replied: "You can write simply:" Here lies Suvorov. " The commander, according to the recollections of witnesses, was delighted.
But the commander's will was not fulfilled. Initially, the monument had a completely different inscription: "Generalissimo, Prince of Italy, Count A. V. Suvorov-Rymniksky, born in 1729, November 13th, died 1800, May 6 days." Only years later, Alexander Arkadyevich Suvorov, the grandson of the Generalissimo, decided to correct the inscription on the one that Alexander Vasilyevich himself liked so much.