Friedrich Wilhelm Adalbert
(24.05.1814 - 03.03.1890)
place of birth: Gut Briesen - Friesack,
Prussian General-Lieutenant Adalbert von Bredow was known
for leading his 12th Cavalry Brigade against the French at Vionville-Mars-la-Tour
(August 1870) during the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71.
Although outnumbered four to one, the his troops were victorious during
what has been called "von Bredow's Death Ride" due to the high number
of Prussian casualties (about half of those involved).
Adalbert von Bredow was born in 1814 to Major Friedrich von
Bredow and his spouse Bernhardine Sophie von Wulffen. He joined the
Garde- Husaren- Regiment in 1832, and by 1859 was in command of the 4th
Dragoons Regiment in Lüben,
Silesia. The regiment was later named for him in 1889. As a colonel,
von Bredow headed up the 2nd Cavalry Brigade during the Austro-Prussian
War of 1866, where they were engaged at Trautenau and Königgrätz. At war's
end he was promoted to major general in command of 7th Cavalry Brigade.
Following his exemplary leadership during the Franco-Prussian
War of 1870-71, von Bredow was promoted
to lieutenant general as he received command of the 18th Infantry
Division. Von Bredow was married to Elise Cäcilie Friederike Kühne with
whom he had eleven children. He died in March of 1890 back at the
family estate near Friesack.