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Erik Dahlbergh

Count Erik Jönsson Dahlbergh 10 October 1625 – 16 January 1703 was a Swedish engineer, soldier, and field marshal He was born of peasant stock but he eventually rose to the level of nobility through his military competence He was renowned for fortification works and was called the "Vauban of Sweden"


  • 1 Life
  • 2 Appointments
  • 3 See also
  • 4 Notes
  • 5 References
  • 6 External links


Erik Dahlbergh was born of peasant stock in Stockholm, Sweden, but rose to the level of titled nobility due to his military abilities His early studies involved the science of fortification Orphaned at an early age, Dahlbergh's studies qualified him as a scribe and in 1641 he found employment with Gert Rehnskiöld, the senior accountant for Pommern and Mecklenburg During his six years he was taught the fundamentals in draughtsmanship and stood out for his ability to draw While learning these skills, he also intensely studied mathematics, architecture, perspective and map drawing

Battle of Warsaw by Dahlbergh

As an engineer officer he saw service in the latter years of the Thirty Years' War In 1650, the military command dispatched Dahlbergh to Frankfurt to recoup war indemnity awarded to Sweden following the end of the war and the Treaty of Westphalia Dahlbergh contacted the publishing firm of Merian and provided topographical maps In 1635 Matthäus Merian the Elder initiated the Theatrum Europaeum, a series of contemporary chronicles published until 1732 Both works, the Theatrum Europaeum and the topographical prints, were continued following the death of Mattheus Merian in 1650 by his sons and stepsons

Erik Dahlbergh in Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna

He attempted several unsuccessful pilgrimages to Palestine and Jerusalem both by sea and land While studying art in Italy, news reached him of a coming war between Sweden and Poland-Lithuania and he saw the potential for a military career and he rode from Rome to Stettin in 23 days

In his military career, Dahlbergh saw service in Poland where he probably witnessed the fighting at the second battle of Warsaw and survived a plague which nearly killed him As adjutant-general and engineering adviser to Charles X of Sweden, he had a great share in the famous crossing of the frozen Belts, and at the sieges of Copenhagen and Kronborg where he directed the engineers during the Northern Wars In spite of his distinguished service, however, Dahlbergh remained an obscure lieutenant-colonel for many years His patriotism, however, proved superior to the tempting offers Charles II of England made to induce him to enter the British service, when, in that age of professional soldiering, the offer was completely acceptable

His talents were eventually recognized and, in 1676, he became director-general of fortifications for the Swedish crown As director, Dahlbergh rendered distinguished service over the next twenty-five years in attack as in the Scanian War In Helsingborg in 1677, he was a key operative in the Great Northern War at Dunamünde, and in 1700 he was instrumental in the defence of the two sieges of Riga His work in repairing the fortresses of his own country earned for him the title of the "Vauban of Sweden", and he was also the founder of the Swedish engineer corps He retired while in the rank of field marshal in 1702 and died the following year

In modern times, Erik Dahlbergh was best known for compiling the collection of drawings called "Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna", or Ancient and Modern Sweden, published 1660–1716, and assisted Samuel Pufendorf in his "Histoire de Charles X Gustave" He wrote a memoir of his life to be found in Svenska Bibliotek, 1757 and an account "Of the campaigns of Charles X" ed Lundblad, Stockholm, 1823 The German influence reveals itself in his work; adopting the Teutonic theme of glorification to Sweden's leaders, cities and peoples


  • Governor of Jönköping County 1687–1693
  • Governor-General of Bremen-Verden 1693
  • Field Marshal 1693
  • Governor-General of Livonia 1696–1702

See also

  • Fortifications of Gothenburg
  • Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban
  • Menno van Coehoorn


  1. ^ a b c d e f  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed 1911 "Dahlberg, Erik Johansen, Count" Encyclopædia Britannica 7 11th ed Cambridge University Press p 731 


  • Stockholm viewed from the west Kungholmen, original drawing dated late 17th century treasure 2 National Library of Sweden in The European Library

External links

  • Suecia Antiqua et Hodierna at the Royal Library of Sweden

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