Ernst Karl Friedrich von Unger
(05.06.1831 - 10.10.1921)
place of birth: Groß-Stöckheim
Ernst von Unger was a Royal Prussian cavalry officer who
saw action in three wars. He was the youngest of six children born on
the estate of his father Friedrich von Unger and mother Henriette
Schrader. Ernst later married Agnes von Lauingen, and on of their sons,
Kurt, also served in the Prussian Army as a General der Kavallerie.
Upon entering military service in 1849 with the Guard Hussar
Regiment in Potsdam, von Unger went into the Danish
War in 1864 as a Rittmeister serving on the 6th Infantry
Division staff. Von Unger then was engaged in the Austro-Prussian
War of 1866 as a staff officer at Prince Friedrich
Karl Nikolas von Preußen's First Army Headquarters. On the day prior to
the Battle of Königgrätz, Major
von Unger made a daring ride to delivery crucial war plans and orders,
and was subsequently recognized with the Pour le Merite honor.
The Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71
saw Oberst von Unger functioning as General von Zastrow's VII. Army
Corps Chief of Staff. He became so ill in November 1870, however, that
he was reluctantly sent back home for convalescence. Once again healthy,
von Unger's military career had him ultimately commanding 22nd Infantry
Division in Kassel in 1881. Poor health forced him to retire from active
duty in 1887, upon which he was awarded the brevet rank of General der
Kavallerie. In 1916, Kaiser Wilhelm II recognized General von Unger's
service with the Golden Crown added to his Blue Max medal. Von
Unger lived with his daughter near Fürstenwalde until he passed
away in 1921 at the age of 90.
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