Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Rehnskiöld

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Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Rehnskiöld

Birthplace: Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Death: January 29, 1722 (70)
Läggesta, Kärnbo, Strängnäs, Södermanland County, Sweden
Immediate Family:

Son of Gert Anton Rehnskiöld and Birgitta Torskeskål
Husband of Elisabeth Funck
Brother of Catharina Rehnskiöld; Johan Adolf Rehnskiöld; Axel Rehnskiöld and Margareta Rehnskiöld
Half brother of Christina Rehnskiöld and Anna Margareta Rehnskiöld

Occupation: Fältmarskalk
Managed by: Christer Lyrholm
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About Field Marshal Carl Gustaf Rehnskiöld

Count Carl Gustav Rehnskiöld (6 August 1651 - 29 January 1722) was a Swedish Field Marshal under the command of King Charles XII of Sweden. Despite being choleric and irritable, Rehnskiöld's military skills made him the chief military advisor and second-in-command to King Charles and earned him the epithet the "Parmenio of the Northern Alexander."


Rehnskiöld was born in Stralsund as a son of Gerd Antoni Rehnskiöld and Birgitta Torskeskål.

During his life, he played an important role in the Great Northern War. He commanded at the Battle of Fraustadt, after which King Charles XII made him a Field Marshal and Count. Highlights of his career include a highly successful campaign against Poland from 1701-1703, and the disastrous Ukrainian campaign which ended with the Battle of Poltava in 1709. The Battle was a disaster for the Swedish army and Rehnskiöld was captured by the Russians. He remained in Russian captivity until 1718.

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August 6, 1651
Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
January 29, 1722
Age 70
Strängnäs, Södermanland County, Sweden