Battle of Ghartiskari
|Battle of Ghartiskari|
|Part of Lekianoba|
Marauding Lezgins returning from a raid.
|Kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti||Lezgin marauders|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Casualties and losses|
The Battle of Ghartiskari (Georgian: ღართისკარის ბრძოლა) was fought either in October 1778 or 1779 in Ghartiskari between the personal guard of Ketevan Andronikashvili and a marauding Lezgin band. After three attacks mounted by Georgians with Ketevan's personal leadership, the Lezgins were defeated decisively.
Ketevan, a noblewoman on Heraclius II's court, was traveling from Mukhrani through Ghartiskari passage to the capital of the kingdom, Tbilisi accompanied by a small royal guard detachment appointed by the king. At the time, frequent North-Caucasian incursions posed great threat to travelers in Georgia, thus nobles always had to be accompanied by personal guards. After an ambush perpetrated by the Lezgins, Ketevan took charge of the guard and annihilated the marauders. After arriving in Tbilisi unharmed, she was received by Heraclius with a large celebration festivity.
- Ioseliani, Platon Life of George XIII, Iveria redaction, 1880, Part II.
- "Republic of Georgia" N61, 2010, Tbilisi