Ludwig Friedrich Leopold
(17.09.1790 - 10.01.1861)
place of birth: Berlin
SM, General der Infanterie
General von Gerlach was a Prussian
military officer and conservative politician who's father Carl was the
mayor of Berlin 1809-1813. Von Gerlach became a soldier at a very early
age and took part in the 1806 Battle of Jena-Auerstedt opposing
Napoleon's forces. He was transferred to General von Blücher's general
staff to fight Napoleon once again during the War of the Sixth
Coalition of 1812-1814.
Von Gerlach was appointed in 1826 to function as personal
adjutant to Prince Wilhelm von Preußen (the future Kaiser Wilhelm I).
In 1838, he was promoted to Oberst and became chief of staff of Adolf von Thiele's Third
Army Corps in Berlin. By 1849, von Gerlach was a Generalleutnant and
adjutant general to King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Von Gerlach later
retired from active duty as a General der Infanterie. At Friedrich
Wilhelm's funeral, von Gerlach caught a severe cold which resulted in
his passing away the very next week.