Eduard Wilhelm Ludwig von Bonin
(07.03.1793 - 13.03.1865)
place of birth: Stolp , Pommern (Slupsk,
General der Infanterie
Prussian general of infantry who served as War Minister
from 1852-1854 and from 1858-1859. In 1806, he fought with von Blücher's
forces against Napoleon Bonaparte in Lübeck where he was taken
prisoner. After being released, he rejoined the Army and worked his way
through the ranks until being named commander of the Prussian
Linienbrigade. He and his troops distinguished themselves during the First
Schleswig War of 1848. He was thus named commander of the united
duchies of Schleswig and Holstein but resigned his command in July 1849
after an unsuccessful campaign.
General-Lieutenant von Bonin was serving as a divisional
commander in Trier when he replaced Stockhausen as War Minister in 1852.
During this time, he advocated improved weaponry and greater tactical
mobility for infantry. He also oversaw the merging of Landwehr
brigades with front-line troops. He went back to command a division in
Neisse in 1854 and also served as Vice-Governor of Mainz in 1856. Bonin
returned to serve in the War Ministry from 1858-1859 before being
replaced by General Albrecht von Roon. He was then charged with command
of the VIII. Army Corps in Koblenz and remained there until his death on
13 March 1865.
- 05.05.1854; 06.11.1858 - 27.11.1859