Gustav von Alvensleben
(30.09.1803 - 30.06.1881)
place of birth: Eichenbarleben
Generaladjutant SM, General der Infanterie
General Gustav von Alvensleben served the Prussian
Military as a General of Infantry and corps commander. He and his
brothers Werner and Constantin all pursued military careers, with
Gustav attaining the rank of lieutenant in 1821 while serving in the
Kaiser Alexander Grenadier Regiment. He spent a great deal of his early
career as a staff officer, working for the Military Government of the
Rhine Province and Westphalia. Von Alvensleben later functioned as
adjutant general for Kaiser Wilhelm I beginnnig in 1861.
During the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, von
Alvensleben initially served in the Kaiser's Headquarters, but was
later transferred to command Fourth Army Corps. He remained in command
of this corps throughout the Franco-Prussian War of
1870-71, leading troops into battle at Beaumont,
where he was awarded the Pour le Merite. His corps
was also engaged at Sedan and Paris.
General von Alvensleben left active duty in 1872 and spent his
retirement with his brothers in Potsdam and Ballenstedt. He died in
Gernrode, Harz in June of 1881.