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Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt

Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt

Swedish general
Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt
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Intro Swedish general
Was Jurist Military personnel
From Sweden
Type Law Military
Gender male
Birth 15 April 1659, Copenhagen
Death 12 February 1719, Moscow (aged 59 years)
Star sign Aries
Father: Ludvig Wierich Lewenhaupt
Siblings: Carl Julius LewenhauptGustaf Fredrik Lewenhaupt
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Adam Ludwig Lewenhaupt (15 April 1659, Copenhagen – 12 February 1719 Moscow) was a Swedish general.


He was born on 15 April 1659 in Copenhagen. He attended Lund University, Rostock, Wittenberg and Uppsala, he originally pursued a career in the diplomatic arena, but found this occupation quite undesirable. He then became a soldier, served in the Austrian army against the Turks, and under William III in Holland. He returned to Sweden in 1697. When the Great Northern War broke out, he was placed in command of a newly created regiment of infantry. He was one of the few successful commanders against the Russians in the Baltic region while King Charles XII was on campaign in Poland and Saxony. In 1705 Lewenhaupt won the Battle of Gemauerthof and was appointed Governor of Riga. In 1708, he was ordered to march east with a supply column, to support Charles's primary invasion force in Russia. This led to the Battle of Lesnaya (1708), in which he was defeated and forced to abandon his supplies. In 1709, after having connected with the King's army, Lewenhaupt was given command of the infantry at the disastrous Battle of Poltava (1709) and the Surrender at Perevolochna. He was kept a prisoner in Russia, and he lived in Moscow until his death on 12 February 1719.


His memoirs, edited by his son-in-law, were published at Stockholm in 1757.

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