Gustav Eduard von Hindersin
(18.07.1804 - 25.01.1872)
place of birth: Wernigerode, Provinz Sachsen
der Artillerie; General der Infanterie
Prussian general of Scottish ancestry
who, although born the son of a priest, spent his early life in
great poverty. These early struggles contributed to his developing an
iron strength of character. Entering the Prussian artillery in 1820 he
became an officer in 1825 and was posted to the Great General Staff in
1841. In 1849, he served as a major on the staff of General Peucker, who
commanded a corps in the suppression of the Baden insurrection.
Hindersin fell into the hands of the insurgents while engaged at Ladenburg.
In the Danish war of 1864, he was a lieutenant general and directed the
artillery operations against the lines of Duppel. For his
services, he was elevated into the German nobility by King of Prussia
Wilhelm I. Soon afterwards, von Hindersin became Inspector General of
Artillery. Von Hindersin's experience at Duppel had convinced him
that the days of the smooth-bore gun were past, and he now devoted
himself to the rearmament and reorganization of the Prussian
Far more important was his work in connection with the field and
horse batteries. In 1864, only one battery in four had rifled guns, but
by the outbreak of the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, the ratio was
five to eight. Besides the superiority of the rifled gun, these battles
proved there was a marked absence of tactical efficiency within Prussian
artillery, which was almost always outmatched by that of the enemy.
Indeed, the German artillery played by far the most important part in
the victories of the Franco-German War of 1870. Von Hindersin
accompanied the Kaiser’s headquarters as Chief of Artillery, observing
the actions at Gravelotte and Sedan, as well as the Siege
der Infanterie .....