Knight Valerian Grigor Madatoff (Meharbs Rostom) was General-Lieutenant, hero of the Patriotic War and Yermolovs outstanding military associate in Caucasus. Madatoff was born in 1782, in Karabakh, in the village Avetaranots (Chanakhchi) nearby Shushi. He was from a rather famous Armenian family. In 1799 he entered as port-praporshchik in the Life Guards of Preobrazhensky Regiment, in 1802 he was moved to Pavlov Grenadier Regiment as Lieutenant, in 1807 – to the Mingrelian Musketeer Regiment as staff captain and in 1808 he was promoted to the rank of captain. In the same year – in 1808, he started his glorious military career in the war against Turkey. Serving in avant-garde under Platovs command Madatoff participated in the battles nearby Brailov, Machin, Babadag, Girsovo, Kyustenji, Rassevat (Golden Sword), Kalapetro and Kapakla. Brilliant courage and outstanding qualities of skilful cavalry officer displayed during all mentioned battles brought up his move to the Alexandrian Hussars Regiment as Rittmeister ("riding master" or "cavalry master")in 1810. In the ranks of that regiment Madatoff excellently fought nearby Tataritsa and was elevated to the rank of Major. In the battle nearby the village Chaushkino he was awarded St. George (white) cross. Together with his squadron, only he pierced into numerous Turkish column, scattered it and seized the cannon (Order of St. George Forth class) in the battle of Batinsk. For the battle during which Madatoff together two hundred soldiers scattered the Turkish column, he was elevated to the rank of lieutenant colonel.