Mali Iđoš

The aim of troop movements in the Délvidék in 1849 was to seize and occupy Bačka. The final, victorious battle was lead by Richárd Guyon Hungarian general, against Jelačić. The imperial army had 12-13,000 people and 79 cannons. Guyon’s attacked army had 7-8,000 soldiers and 40 cannons. There was alternating luck during the battle, when Mihály Peretzi colonel began an attack on the right wing, with significant fire-power. The imperial army began to withdraw. Guyon immediately gave the order to pursue the enemy and chased it away from its hastily occupied post in Vrbas, thus squeezing out Jelačić from Bačka. The Austrian party had 684 dead and wounded people, while the Hungarians had 81 dead and 141 wounded soldiers.
On 20th October 1886, a Statue Affairs Committee met in the railway station of Hegyes-Feketehegy (Mali Iđoš-Feketić). On 17th July 1887, the population of Bács-Bodrog County inaugurated the obelisk, raised from public contributions in honour of anonymous martyrs of the battle. After World War I, the obelisk was thrown about in the village hall of Mali Iđoš for a long time. Finally, the memorial vanished without a trace in 1950’s. But in 1997, during the widening of the telephone network, the technicians discovered the cast iron boards in the attic of the village hall.
Hungarian people of the region decided after finding the boards that they wanted to raise the monument again, in its original place. The memorial was raised again in the Western cemetery in Mali Iđoš on 28th July 2000, almost exactly 151 years after the battle.
Árpád Papp