Wilhelm Ernst von Stockhausen
place of birth: Berlin
Prussian general August von Stockhausen served as Prussia's
Minister of War during the mid 19th century. Born into the family of
Oberstleutnant Christian von Stockhausen and his spouse Johanna Lütcke,
August entered Prussian military service in 1804, joining the
Feldjägerregiment zu Fuß. In 1806, he participated in the Battle
at Jena and was taken captive by Napoleon's forces.
Stockhausen saw action in 1813-14 during the so-called Wars of
Liberation, taking part in battles at Großgörschen,
Bautzen und Paris.
During the years of relative peace,
Stockhausen was promoted through the ranks and in 1842 became Chief of
Staff of the Gardekorps, commanded by Prince Wilhelm (later Prussian
Kaiser Wilhelm I). General von Stockhausen was assigned command of 1.
Infantry Division in Königsberg in 1848, although by this time he
already had political aspirations. With a keen eye directed toward the
War Ministry, von Stockhausen gathered political support within
Prussian State Parliament. He was thus in position to replace outgoing
War Minister Karl von Strotha in February 1850. Although General von
Stockhausen had additional hopes of eventually becoming Prussian
Minister President, reigning King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. had both
personal and substantive differences with the general.