Wolmar Anton von Schlippenbach


Wolmar Anton von Schlippenbach 1653–1721 was Governor General of Swedish Estonia from 1704 to 1706

Biography

Born in Livonia, Schlippenbach participated as a captain in the Swedish army Scanian War under Charles XI and served later as a major in Swedish Pomerania and Prussia In 1688 he was promoted to lieutenant colonel in governor Soop's regiment in Riga; in 1693 he was transferred to young prince Charles's Life Guards regiment in Stockholm

When the Great Northern War broke out after the prince was crowned as Charles XII, Schlippenbach raised a regiment of dragoons in Livonia, of which he became the colonel When Charles broke winter camp at Dorpat present-day Tartu and headed towards Riga in early 1701, Schlippenbach was left behind to defend the Livonian border He won the battle of Rauge on 5 September 1701 and was subsequently promoted to major general, but was then defeated by a large Russian force under Boris Sheremetev at Erastfer on 30 December the same year and at Sagnitz and Hummelshof on 19 July 1702 In 1703 he had to transfer a good part of his forces to reinforce Lewenhaupt's in Kurland This left him powerless to prevent Narva and Dorpat from falling into Russian hands in 1704, the same year he was named Governor General in Reval present-day Tallinn

When Lewenhaupt marched into Russia in 1708, Schlippenbach followed as colonel of his dragoon regiment At the battle of Poltava he led a reconnaissance cavalry squad on the right wing and was captured He was released from the Russian captivity in 1712, began serving Russia in the rank of general-major in 1712, was promoted to the rank of general-lieutenant in 1714 and died in 1721

Sources

  • Nordisk Familjebok, Owl Edition

Preceded by
Axel Julius De la Gardie
Governor General of Swedish Estonia
1704 - 1706
Succeeded by
Niels Jonsson Stromberg af Clastorp




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