“No one, even his father, Sultan Nasrallah, would not have imagined that this lean, skinny kid is going to be a general in one day.
Ismail Bey was sent to cadet school in 1818, to St. Petersburg. In 1822 graduated from school andbegan military service as a soldier grenadier regiment of Georgia in the composition of the Separate Caucasus Corps, earning the rank of ensign.
He participated in 1826-1828-Russian-Iran, 1828-1829-Russian-Turkish War. Depending on the task, he lives in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw, in the years of 1832-1836. Among those who went to Warsaw was the younger brother of AbbasguluagaBakihanov Major-General Lord JafarguluagaBakihanov and Captain Hasan BeyAghalarov.
Mr. Ismail in Russo-Persian War in 1826-1829 years.. He took part in the battles on September 3, 1826 near the Shemkir, September 13, 1826 near the Ganja. January 28, 1827 given a military rank of Lieutenant. He took part in surrounding Abbas Abad fortress in July 1827. In September of that year the fortress is occupied. 24 September-1 October 1827 he participated in the battles over the Yerevan. January 25, 1828 for the courage in the Russian-Persian War, was awarded of St. Anne 4th degree 3rd degree “Lion and Sun” medals.
Ismail Bey in Russian-Turkish war of 1828-1829… June 14, 1829, near Kars region is destroyed the Qaki Pasha’s army. June 19, 1829,are defeated the main forces of Erzurum discrimination. June 23, 1829, Hassan Tower was caught. June 24-27, 1829 starts the battles for Erzurum and is caught. Ismail Bey in July 1829, for excellence in service awarded by military rank of senior lieutenant and 3rd degree of the St. Anna.
January 6, Ismail Bey in 1831 changed its previous position and assigned to Povloviski’s “Life Guard”. October 7, 1831, for the courage was awarded with “Golden Sword’s” Order.In 1835-1836-served in the Caucasus Muslim Cavalry Regimentin Warsaw (Poland).December 6, 1835-rising to the rank of captain. Since 1836, begin to serve in particular Caucasian Corps to carry out specific tasks. June 28 – September 30, 1837, was directed by the Gara-Gaytaq region. In 1838- given the rank of Major. December 31, 1839-for the perfect service, is rising to the rank of colonel. December 6, 1850, for his contribution in the Caucasus Cavalry Regiment, rising to the rank of brigadier general. In 1851, while resigned with the salary of two thousand pounds of silver coins, later has been working as a reserve officer, trying to define military roles. After the resignation lived in Shamakhi and Gutgashyn.
For the flawless service was awarded with the fourth and third degrees of the Order of St. Anne, St. Vladimir, fourth-degree Order of Saint George, Saint Stanislav, third degree, “Sun Lion” order, for the courage with the Order of the Golden Sword and others.
“The development and progress of a nation depends on its enlightened”- Ismail BeyGutgashinli
Ismail BeyGutqashenli was one of the greatest enlightener for his period. Ismail Bey in 1849 in Shamakha rent the building at his own expense for a Muslim school, paid salaries of teachers and servants, after the resignationworked at the school, as a teacher of the Russian language. In years of service, Gutgashinli established friendly relations with a number of progressive Russian intelligentsia, to appropriate with achievements of Russian and Western European cultures, has been one of the most educated and the intellectuals of his period. At the same time, has a close friendship with the greatest enlightened scientists – Akhundzadeh, GasimbeyZakir, AbbasguluA.Bakikhanov and others. These individuals known in the Azerbaijani literature as “Enlightened with strap”.
In 1850 was elected to Department of Agriculture of the Russian Caucasus, and in 1864 a full member of the Caucasian Branch of Russian Geographic Society. One of the other members of the Geographical Society was Akhundzadeh.
Ismail BeyGutgashinli known as one of the benefactors among nation. He took steps not only for people’s enlightened, but also to increase their economic situation.Intellectuals of the periodexpressed quite positive opinions about Ismail Bey.Gutgashyn nation approached toIsmail Bey with great love and respect.
Ismail Bey’s relatives and villagers spoke of exciting memories about his family life. According to one of his relatives, when he was returning from Hajj, he took upon himself the slave of a girl and a boy, and by freeing them in Gutgashyn, gave a reason to him have a new life. According to the another story, when Ismail Bey was in Istanbul, asking price of chestnuts from trader, but the trader look at the view of him and told “this is not your dish”. Touching to pride, Ismail Bey sent the news to Gutgashyn that, send to him 40 camel-load of chestnuts. Chestnut was delivered to Ismail Bey and he gave it to the people. When the news reached the Sultan, he inquired about the reason and punished the trader.
He didn’t like to get up to anyone, everyone who comes home always saw him in foot, always ordered to slave Cherkessia distribute the grain for poor.
Gutgashyn- had been initiated by cultivating silkworms for economic development in Shamakha region.
Ismail Bey has taken the lead in bringing in Gabala walnut forests. It is believed that Ismail Bey gave advice to Gabala nation to plant walnut trees and said for each kilogram to give a gold. People with zeal plant walnut trees in forests, gardens, roadsides. When the product grown people comes to Ismail Bey to get a gold. Ismail Bey says them with smiling that the gold in their hands, and gives advice to sell their products.
Ismail BeyGutgashin did not indifferent to the social processes. He was superior to freedom, prosperity, territorial integrity of his nation.
After 25 years of service in the Russian army in 1847, Ismail Bey worked in “Mr.commission”. Salman Mumtaz writes that Ismail not a Sufi passenger, but a perfect Muslim. There are assumptions about the nature of intelligence with the second visit of Ismail to Mecca. His meeting servicemen in this trip in the areas of the Ottoman Empire is strengthen this idea.
In the “Travel notes” was recorded with whom to meet, which areas to tour. Even in April 1854, marshal of Anatolian army Zerif Mustafa Pasha, secretly sent a letter to the Ismail Bey asking to organize a revolt against Russia in Azerbaijan and Dagestan. However, this letter passed into the hands of spies of the Armenian colonel MT Loris-Melikov. Therefore, since 1855, the imperial government took Ismail Bey under the control. This is the reason of Ismail’s murder.