I still recall, as in a dream, the Spaniards being here and one was executed; I was but two years old ...", he later wrote in Fragments from an Outing, Summer 1829 - Odense and Vicinity, which was published in Kjøbenhavns-Posten September 17 and 18 1829. It seems odd that the last buried man on Saint Hans Cemetery - and the first grave on the Assistens cemetery should hold Spanish soldiers. Do we even recall why the Spaniards where here two hundred years ago?Historical Scenery Apart from the short maritime war between Denmark and England, The battle on Reden April 2 in 1801, Denmark has succeeded in preserving its neutrality during the Napoleonic wars.
A commission was appointed in 1793 aiming to find a common cemetery for the parishes placed outside the town - a cemetery which could serve and assist the town's churches.
The result of these efforts were the Assistens cemetery dating back from 1811. At Saint Hans Square one may find a reminiscence of the old burial ground.
Gathering a great part of an army in Holsten was a reasonable strategic point.
When Lübeck were assailed by the French in 1806, Holsten became involved when Prussia went across the border and the Danes were forced to stop them at Fackenburg.
They soon realised that Sweden tacitly saw to the ravage Lord Nelson caused, and the fury grew stronger.
Nothing had changed in 1807 when the English fleet sailed into Øresund.
From then one the Danes tried to show refusal towards the fourth coalition partner: Sweden. The nabouring countries had been rowing for centuries and when the Swedish King Gustav III was murdered during a masquerade in the opera in Stockholm in 1792, the Danes were pleased.
Denmark even offered the assassins asylum, they included Count Horn, who became Swedish envoy, and baron Ehrensvärd, who later became the stepfather of young Ludvig Heiberg.
It almost seemed like the enemy was greeted welcome from Helsingborg.
The destruction of Copenhagen and the hijacking of the Danish naval fleet seemed to fit Swedish King Gustav IV Adolph rather well.
Playfully he pointed the weapon at Don Augustin, saying "If we were enemies, I could kill you on the drop of a hat".