Karl Ernst Job-Wilhelm von Witzleben
(20.07.1783 - 09.07.1837)
place of birth: Halberstadt, Provinz Sachsen (Prussian
Generalstabschef, General der Infanterie
Job von Witzleben was a Prussian generalleutnant and adjutant to
King Frederick William III. He later succeeded General Ernst von
Hake as Prussian Minister of War. He was born into Thuringian
nobility, the son of Generalmajor Karl Friedrich von Witzleben and his
wife Amalie von Wulff.
In 1812, Major Job von Witzleben married Auguste Henriette von
Splittgerber. The couple eventually had two sons, one who became a
general and the other a colonel in the Prussian Army. The eldest of
their two daughters, Sophie, later became the wife of Field Marshal
Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel.
Serving as a Leibpage for King Frederick William II, 10-year old
Job's budding military career began in 1793. He later entered the
Leibgarde, where he became close friends with future king, Frederick
William III, under whom he would eventually serve. Von Witzleben was a
2nd lieutenant fighting Napoleon I's troops during the Battle at Jena
and Auerstedt, when he ended up a prisoner of war for about one
year. He later saw action versus Napoleon I once more in May 1813 during
the Battle of Lützen, the
War of the Sixth Coalition.
Von Witzleben's military achievements and royal connections led
to highly visible postings within the General Staff and War Ministry.
After achieving the general's rank and serving as Frederick William
III's cabinet chief and trusted military advisor for several years, he
was ultimately selected to succeed Ernst von Hake as Prussian Minister
of War. In this position, General von Witzleben labored to successfully
integrate the Landwehr forces into Prussia's standing army. A severe
illness forced him out of office, and he died in Berlin in July of 1837.