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     Konstantin von Voigts-Rhetz        

Konstantin Bernhard von Voigts-Rhetz
(16.7.1809 - 14.4.1877)
place of birth:  Seesen, Braunschweig  (Brunswick)

General von Voigts-Rhetz began his military career in 1827 with the 9th Infantry Regiment in Stargard, Pomerania. He spent most of his early career working on staff at various corps headquarters, as well as at the Great General Staff in Berlin.  He was also director of the Allgemeiner Kriegsdepartement (General War Department) at the War Ministry from 1858 to 1960.

During the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, Voigts-Rhetz functioned as Chief of Staff in Prince Friedrich Karl von Preußen's First Army, which saw action at Königgrätz. After the war, he became Governor General of the new province of Hannover, and also the commander of the newly-formed 10th Army Corps. He led this corps with great success during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, battling at Metz and Vionville-Mars-la-Tour. Remaining as 10th Corps commander until his retirement in 1873, the general later settled in  Wiesbaden, where he died in April of 1877. The 79th Infantry Regiment in Hannover was named in his honor. His brothers William and Julius also served as generals in the Prussian Army.

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