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Commemoration of the battle at Ivankovac

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During the First Serbian Uprising, a significant battle took place on August 18, 1805, near Ivankovac between the Serbian insurgents led by Karađorđe Petrović, Petar Dobrnjac, and Milenko Stojković and the regular Sultan's army. This battle marked the beginning of a new phase in the First Serbian Uprising and the wider Serbian Revolution on the military front. The site of the battle has a monument erected in the 1970s. After the murder of the dahi on Ada Kale on the Danube near Kladovo, accomplished by Milenko Stojković and his men working with the Turks, the regular army decided to fight against the insurgents. They appointed Hafiz Pasha as the head of the Belgrade pashaluka and instructed him to go from Niš to Belgrade and put down the rebellion. In late July, Hafiz Pasha began his journey from Niš and stopped at the Vizier's hill above Ćuprije, where the Turkish army gathered to continue towards Belgrade. The Serbian army divided into two groups and stopped the Turkish army's further path towards Belgrade. Karađorđe led the first group to Gilje hill near Jagodina, covering the left bank of Velika Morava, where the Turkish army was more likely to take that route from Ćuprije towards Jagodina and then continue towards Belgrade. The smaller group, led by Milenko Stojković and Petar Dobrnjac, set up camp on a hill near the village of Ivankovac near Ćuprija and defended the right bank of the Velika Morava. Stevan Sinđelić was with them, along with his resavci. Two days before the battle, the Serbian army dug several trenches and cut down pointed wooden palisades in front of them to wait for the Turks. The Turks, with a much larger army, decided to attack on the first day of August with cavalry and infantry but had no cannons. They won several trenches on the first day of the attack, but the steep hills where the Serbs built the trenches and their great fighting spirit made their attacks successfully repelled. The Turks left Ivankovac during the night, and Karađorđe and his army joined the group at Ivankovac. After a few days of fighting, the Turks encamped in Paraćin, and the Serbs on the hill above Paraćin, known today as Karađorđev brdo. One evening, Stevan Stevanović, also known as Steva Pisar, in a drunken state, begged Karađorđe for permission to fire one shot from a cannon. After some time, Karađorđe gave permission, and Steva aimed at the most lit tent. The shot wounded Hafiz Pasha, who died on the way to Nis, and the Turks left Paraćin that morning and retreated to Nis. It was the first significant victory of the Serbs against the regular Turkish army in the First Serbian Uprising.

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Commemoration of the battle at Ivankovac

Иванковац, Србија

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