Philipp Carl Christian Freiherr von Canstein
(04.02.1804 - 05.11.1877)
place of birth: Eschwege
General der Infanterie
Imperial Pussian general von Canstein was a division-level
commander and recipient of the Pour le Merite medal. He was
married to Adelheid von Krauseneck, the daughter of Prussian Chief of
General Staff Wilhelm von Krauseneck.
Canstein began his military career in 1819 when he joined the 2nd
Infantry Regiment in Stettin as a cadet. He became a regimental
commander himself in 1857 (11th Infantry) and then took part in the Danish
War of 1864 as a brigade commander. It was during this conflict that
he was awarded the Blue Max for his actions at the battle of Dybbol.
Two years later, General von Canstein led the 15th Infantry Division in
the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, seeing action in the Battle at Königgrätz.
For this, the oak cluster was added to his Pour le Merite, and he was
then promoted to military governor of Magdeburg. As Prussia fought the French in 1870-71, von
Canstein briefly served as Gustav von Alvensleben's acting commander in
charge of IV. Army Corps headquarters in Magdeburg. He retired from active duty in
1872 and died in Kassel in 1877.
Eisernes Kreuz II
Pour le Mérite