Davydov Denis Vasilyevich, (1784-1839), Russian poet, hero of the Patriotic War of 1812. Got a brilliant home education. In 1807, he was appointed adjutant to Prince Bagration. At the beginning of the war of 1812, he was a lieutenant colonel in the Akhtyrka hussar regiment and was in the avant-garde troops of General Vasilchikov. Before the battle of Borodino, the first filed the idea of the benefits of partisan actions and the first to start them. His rapid success convinced Kutuzov of the expediency of the guerrilla war, and he gave it a wider development. In 1815, he was promoted to major general; then took the place of the chief of staff. He was close to the Decembrists and A.S. Pushkin, enjoyed great sympathy in friendly circles. According to P.A. Vyazemsky, until his death, he kept the amazing youth of his heart and disposition. In his poetic works ("hussar" songs, love elegy, satirical poems) Davydov created a new type of hero - a warrior - a patriot, an active, freedom-loving, open-minded person. Among his most famous poems are the Message to Burtsev, Hussar Feast, and Song. He was the author of a number of historical polemical articles and personal memories.