Karl Leopold Heinrich Ludwig
(30.12.1773 - 09.05.1844)
place of birth: Tangermünde
Preußen: KG, General der Kavallerie
General of Cavalry Ludwig von Borstell
was the third of four sons born into the home of General Hans
Friedrich von Borstell and his wife Charlotte von Ingersleben. He joined
a cavalry regiment in 1788 and later became an adjutant to his own
father. He participated in the campaign in the Pfalz (Palatinate) and as
a major in the Garde du Corps in 1806, took part in the retreat from Jena.
In 1813, Generalmajor von Borstell was a commander subordinate to
Bülow during the Napoleonic Wars and saw action during the Battle of
Möckern. He was promoted to Generalleutnant following his
participation at the Battle of Nations at Leipzig, then soon
after transferred to Belgium to head up the Siege of Antwerp. As
commander of the Second Army Corps in 1815, von Borstell came into
direct conflict with Field Marshal von Blücher. The Field Marshal had
ordered the execution of seven ringleaders complicit in the rebellion of
three Saxon battalions headquartered in Liege. He had also ordered the
burning of the Saxon flag. For refusing to follow his orders, von Blücher
had von Borstell court-martialed for insubordination, where he was
stripped of his command and imprisoned. About a month into his sentence,
however, von Borstell was pardoned by King Friedrich Wilhelm III in
order to appoint him at Commandant of Magdeburg. In 1825, General der
Kavallerie von Borstell was transferred to Koblenz in order to command
the Eighth Army Corps headquartered there. He retired from active duty
in 1840 and died in Berlin in May of 1843.
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