August Wilhelm von
(17.04.1786 - 20.05.1865)
place of birth: Neiße, Oberschlesien
Preußen: Chef des
Militärkabinetts, General der Infanterie
August von Neumann was a
Prussian general during the mid 19th century who served as King
Friedrich Wilhelm IV's Military Cabinet Chief.
August was the son of Royal Prussian general David von Neumann,
elevated into the Prussian nobility in 1779, who was commandant of
Fortress Cosel from 1802 to 1807. August entered military service at
the age of 14 and was wounded numerous times during the 1806 campaign
against Napoleon. He also received battle wounds during the Napoleonic
Wars of 1813-15 (die Befreiungskriege).
Neumann worked his way through the ranks until 1840 when as a
Generalmajor, he was selected to serve as General Adjutant to Friedrich
Wilhelm IV. The following year he succeeded Karl von Lindheim as the
King's Military Cabinet Chief (Chef des Militärkabinetts). He asked to
be released from this post during the German Revolutions of 1848 in
order to command combat troops in the field. He retired from active
duty at the age of 70 and with the rank of General der Infanterie,
receiving the prestigious Order of the Black (Schwarzer Adlerorden) for
his outstanding and steadfast military service. General von Neumann
died in 1865 in Berlin and is interred in that city's Garnisonfriedhof.