Battle of Wesenberg (1704)

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Battle of Wesenberg
Part of Great Northern War
Date June 15, 1704 (O.S.)
June 16, 1704 (Swedish calendar)
June 26, 1704 (N.S.)
Location Rakvere, Estonia
Result Russian victory
Naval Ensign of Sweden.svg Swedish Empire Flag of Russia.svg Tsardom of Russia
Commanders and leaders
Wolmar Anton von Schlippenbach Karl Evald von Rönne
1,400 men[1] 8,000 men[1]
Casualties and losses
400 killed,
600 captured[2]

The Battle of Wesenberg took place on June 26, 1704 close to Rakvere (Wesenberg) during the Great Northern War. The Swedish cavalry force of 1,400 men under the command of Wolmar Anton von Schlippenbach retreated before Karl Evald von Rönnes larger force. However, the Swedes were caught at Wesenberg and after a valiant defense[1] they had been close to annihilated with only 400 managing to escape towards Reval[2] the rest was either killed or captured. The Russian losses are unknown.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Adlerfeld G. The Military History of Charles XII, King of Sweden, Volume 1. p. 309
  2. ^ a b Gordon A. The History of Peter the Great, Emperor of Russia: To which is Prefixed a Short General History of the Country from the Rise of that Monarchy: and an Account of the Author's Life, Volume 1. Aberdeen. 1755. pp. 181–182