In 1813, after Napoleon was expelled from Russia, the Imperial Escort was reformed for the purpose of protecting Alexander I. It consisted of the Life Guards Cossack Regiment and the Black Sea Cossack Sotnia (Hundred) of 100 soldiers, attached to it. The Sotnia was formed on May 18, 1811, consisting of the best Cossacks of the Black Sea Host, formed under the reign of Catherine II from the Zaporozhye Cossacks resettled in the Kuban. The Black Sea Cossacks fought bravely throughout the Patriotic War of 1812 and the foreign campaign of the Russian army in 1813–1814. During the Battle of Leipzig (the Battle of the Nations), their attack managed to turn the course of the battle in favour of the allies and actually saved the life of Alexander I and the two allied monarchs.
After 1814, the Guards Black Sea Cossacks occasionally performed the function of escorting the emperor. In 1861, the Black Sea Life Guards entered His Imperial Majesty's Own Escort and continued to serve, protecting the emperor. The section presents rare samples of uniforms and weapons, and picturesque paintings and drawings illustrate the brave Black Sea Cossacks.
Upper garment of the Life-Hussar Black Sea Cossack Division officer
Russia. 1855–1860. The State Hermitage Museum
Dagger with a scabbard belonging to the lower ranks of the Black Sea Cossack army, model of 1840
The middle of the 19th century. From the collection of A.D. Gnedovsky
Children's garment with epaulets, a part of the winter dress uniform, belonging to a non-commissioned officer of the Life-Hussar Black Sea Cossack Squadron
1816–1829. Tsarskoe Selo State Museum and Heritage Site
Cossacks of the Life-Hussar Black Sea Cossack Sotnia
1813-1815. Watercolour by P. Razumikhin. The 1840s. The Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineer and Signal Corps
Standard of the Life-Hussar Black Sea Cossack Division, model of 1856
1856–1858. The Russian History Museum (USA, Jordanville)
Headquarters [on the right] and chief officers of the 7th Reserve Black Sea Squadron [the Life-Hussar Cossack Regiment dressed in summer uniform]
By A.I. Sauerweid, S.P. Chifflart. 1829–1838. The State Hermitage Museum