The siege of Narva

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30. May 1704

In the end of April 1704, The Russian commander, Pjotr Apraksin began laying siege on Narva.
Schlippenbach was unsuccessful in either breaking through the enemy lines or delivering additional supplies to the city.

On May 30, the siege of Narva began. The fierce siege subsided for some time after Peter I left for Tartu.
After the fall of Tartu in July 1704, the reinforcements from that front gave new wind to the siege activity at Narva. On the night of July 31, a random bomb hit destroyed all of the forts arsenal, along with gun powder and ammo. The bombing intensified and the bastions began to fall.

On Sugust 9, unexpected charge by the Russians was successful and the city was taken. The commandant Henning Rudolph Horn fell prisoner. The city was given to Russian forces to pillage on the condition that none of the locals would be killed.

The only one who refused to surrender, was the commandant colonel Magnus Stiernstra, who resided in the fort in Ivangorod, on the other side of Narva River. He was ready to blow himself up along with the attackers, but on August 16(17) an agreement of surrender was reached. According to the agreement, the garrison of Ivangorod was allowed to leave bearing only handguns.

Source: Eesti ajalugu. IV, Põhjasõjast pärisorjuse kaotamiseni. Tartu: Ilmamaa. 2003
Eesti ajaloo atlas. Tallinn: Avita, 2006.                                                                                                 

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