Konstantin Bernhard von Voigts-Rhetz
(16.07.1809 - 14.04.1877)
place of birth: Seesen, Braunschweig
General der Infanterie
Royal Prussian general officer Konstantin 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 X. 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 X. Army 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.6
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