Carl Gustaf Armfeldt


Carl Gustaf Armfeldt 9 November 1666 – 24 October 1736 was a Swedish officer, general and friherre baron who took part in the Great Northern War

He was born in Swedish Ingria to lieutenant colonel Gustaf Armfelt and Anna Elisabet Brakel Like other members of his family Armfelt devoted himself to war and at seventeen years' age joined Nylands kavalleri as a cadet In 1685 he left this position and left for France where he joined prince Ferdinand of Fürstenberg's regiment as a mere footsoldier He campaigned in France for twelve years and returned to Sweden as a captain

Contents

  • 1 Great Northern War
    • 11 1718 Norwegian Campaign
  • 2 Later life
  • 3 References

Great Northern War

Due to his military experience he was employed in the Finnish army as a generaladjutant in 1701 and stayed with this army for most of the Great Northern War He was named commander of the Finnish army in 1713

During the long war he distinguished himself in several occasions, especially during the defense of Helsingfors in 1713, but met an overwhelming Russian force and was defeated at the battle of Storkyro in 1714

1718 Norwegian Campaign

In 1717 Armfeldt was promoted to lieutenant general and commanded the Swedish force which on the orders of Charles XII of Sweden was sent into Norway to take Trondheim Poorly equipped, Armfelt pulled out after the king fell at Fredrikshald

The ensuing disaster that struck his army is known as the Carolean Death March On New Year's Eve 1718 he arrived at Norwegian Tydal, with 80 kilometers to the closest Swedish village in Jämtland When the troops had marched 10 kilometers from Tydalen, a severe blizzard struck from the northwest The bitter cold killed the guide on the very first day, and the army wandered blindly in the mountains Sylan mountain range On the following nights, hundreds more perished Of the over 5,000 men who left Tydalen, only 2,100 were found alive on arrival at Duved

Later life

In 1719 Armfelt was named governor of Viborg county but never took office, as the county was under Russian control and was ceded to Russia after the treaty of Nystad He was elevated to friherre on 5 July 1731 and named general of infantry in 1735 According to the Pernå parish records cited by Hornborg, 1952 he died at Liljendal in Nyland on 24 October 1736, and was interred at Isnäs on 3 December 1736

He was married in 1700 to Lovisa Aminoff 1685–1741, daughter of cavalry captain Johan Fredrik Aminoff Gustaf Mauritz Armfelt is his grandson

References

  • Svenskt Biografiskt Lexikon II Stockholm 1920 
  • Eirik Hornborg 1952 Karolinen Armfelt och kampen om Finland under Stora nordiska kriget 


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