Karl Ludwig von Erlach

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Karl Ludwig von Erlach

Karl Ludwig Reichsgraf von Erlach (born November 10, 1746 in Bern , † March 5, 1798 near Wichtrach ), Lord of Hindelbank , Bäriswil , Mattstetten and Urtenen , was a general in old Bern .

He came from the Bernese noble family von Erlach . After first serving in the French Swiss Guard, he led the Bernese troops in the suppression of the unrest that broke out in Vaud in 1791 . In 1798, after the French invasion , he was again entrusted with the command of the Bernese troops, but was hampered by the indecision of the Grand Council .

After bitter resistance at Fraubrunnen and in the Battle of Grauholz , he was forced to retreat from Schauenburg , and after the French captured Bern and on the way to the Bernese Oberland , where he wanted to organize further resistance, soldiers from his camp took him mistakenly believed to be a traitor, killed.