With the armies of Empress of Russia and the Herzog Wolfenbuttel closely encamped on the eve of the Battle at Grabow, the intrigues of one Sven Diamond, ADC to Count Akraxin came to a head. Generalleutnant Koreckzi, cavalry commander to the Herzog, sent word to the Russian camp demanding a meeting with his former friend Colonel Diamond.
The Herzog, who retired early to an evening of drink and philosophical disputations on the nature of the one and the many with his assembled savants, heard nothing of the adventure until after the conclusion of the battle the next day. But that evening, the gossip in the camp was full of the news that Koreckzi had departed to meet with Diamond and likely accept a commission to command Akraxin’s formidible horse, the most powerful cavalry in Europe.
With many convinced that Koreckzi left the camp fully intending to take up with the Russians, Colonel Diamond, had no serious offer to tempt Koreckzi. Instead, after greeting his old friend, Diamond took a up a rather sensitive matter involving the settlement of an old familiy debt involving 17 chickens, 2 Cossack ponies, and a particulary fine pair of English riding boots.
Koreckzi flatly refused to pay. Surprised that no offer for defection would be forthcoming, he challenged the colonel to a duel to erase the stain on his honour! Diamond, never known to back down from a brawl called for French sabres, and after the requisite exchanges of pleasantry, the two were hacking each other half to death with half a dozen aides standing by to officiate.
The next morning, Korecki was back in the Herzog’s camp with a few scrapes for wear. It was probably a good thing that his cavalry was never called from the supporting line to take part in the fight at Grabow. Colonel Diamond was absent from Count Akraxin’s staff the day of the battle. He is believed to be recovering from more serious wounds in a nearby village.