Born to a family of Serbian descent, he was made lieutenant in 1812 and fought against the French invasion of Russia as part of the Life Guard Horse Regiment under the command of Colonel Mikhail Arseniev. He was the Russian Military Administrator of the Principality of Moldova and Wallachia from 1828 to 1834. In 1840, he was appointed governor general of Lithuania.
His son Mikhail Mirkovich was a regimental commander in the Imperial Russian Army. Fedor's younger brother Alexander Yakovlevich Mirkovich was also a general in the Imperial Russian service, and a veteran of the wars against Napoleonic France.
In all spheres of activity Mirkovich left notes and papers. From them are printed:
- Dnevnik iz 1812, Russian Archives, 1888;
- "From the notes of FG Mirković by the rule of Pavel (Paul I of Russia) until 1850", Russian Archives, 1890;
- "Herald Europe" (Opisanie rukopisei Nauchnoi biblioteki im. N.I. Lobachevskogo, Vol. 3 and 4, 1872)
- Russian Antiquities, 1866, Vol. 8.
He also collected his brother Alexander's reminiscences of the war collected, classified and prepared for publication.
- "Romania". http://www.worldstatesmen.org/Romania.htm.
- "World leader list". http://www.worldleadersindex.org/EuropeRegions/RussianBalticgovernorates.html.
- "Family tree of Fedor Yakovlevich MIRKOVIC". https://gw.geneanet.org/pierfit?lang=en&n=mirkovic&oc=0&p=fedor%20yakovlevich.
- Petronis, Vytautas (2007). "Constructing Lithuania: Ethnic Mapping in Tsarist Russia, Ca. 1800–1914". Stockholm University. p. 212. https://books.google.ca/books?id=ShEhAQAAMAAJ&dq=serbian.
- Mikaberidze, Alexander (10 July 2013). "Russian Eyewitness Accounts of the Campaign of 1814". Frontline Books. https://books.google.ca/books?id=9JHwAwAAQBAJ&pg=PA127&lpg=PA127.
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