Battle of Karksi (1600)

The Battle of Karksi (also known as Battle of Karkus) was fought during the Polish–Swedish War (1600–1611) between the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Kingdom of Sweden on 29 October 1600.[1]

Battle of Karksi
Part of the Polish–Swedish War (1600–1611)
Date29 October 1600
Karksi, in modern Estonia
58°07′02″N 25°35′16″E / 58.1172°N 25.5878°E / 58.1172; 25.5878Coordinates: 58°07′02″N 25°35′16″E / 58.1172°N 25.5878°E / 58.1172; 25.5878
Result Polish victory
Herb Rzeczypospolitej Obojga Narodow.svg Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth Sweden Sweden
Commanders and leaders
Jürgen von Farensbach Carl Gyllenhielm
1,200 1,500
Casualties and losses
Very light 750 killed


Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth forces under the command of Jürgen von Farensbach defeated the Swedish forces commanded by Carl Gyllenhielm. Before the battle, Pärnu was besieged on 17 September and after heavy bombardment it surrendered on 17 October. Then the Swedish army moved for Fellin (Viljandi), shielded from the south by a force of 1,500. On the night of 29/30 October the shielding force was caught and destroyed near Karkus by Farensbach, voivode of Wenden, with 1,200 horses.[2]


  1. ^ (in Polish) Stanisław Herbst Wojna inflancka 1600-1602, Inforteditions, Zabrze 2006, ISBN 83-89943-14-X
  2. ^ Swedish wars 1600-1609: 1601 Spring Summer Campaign, Polish Renaissance Warfare.