Horn, Heinrich Wilhelm von

BORN 31 Oct 1762, Warmbrunn - DIED 31 Oct 1829, Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen
GRAVE LOCATION Münster, Nordrhein-Westfalen: Überwasser-Friedhof, Wilhelmstrasse 21

Heinrich Wilhelm von Horn received a military education at the Kadettenhaus in Berlin. He joined the Prussian army and took part in the War of the Bavarian Succession (1778-1779). At this time he befriended Ludwig Yorck (1759-1830). He saw further action during the Siege of Warsaw and received the Pour le Mérite on 6 June 1794.

In 1790 he married Wilhelmine von Holwede (d.1792), the daughter of lieutenant general Friedrich Christian Karl von Holwede. In 1796 he married his second wife Regine Marie Elisabeth Wilhelmine von Raabe (1768-1800). In 1802 he married Henriette Konstantia Sidonie von Blankenstein (1781-1846).

He was promoted to mayor in 1806 and defended Hagelsberg during the Siege of Danzig. In 1812 he participated in the invasion of Russia under General Yorck von Wartenburg. He received the Légion d'honneur on 4 September 1812.

He joined the German campaign of 1813 and saw action in Bautzen, Wartenburg and Leipzig. He also fought in Paris when FRance was invaded. After the Napoleontic Wars he was commandant of Magdeburg and in 1820 he was put in command of the 7th corps of the Army in Münster. He held this position until his death in 1829.


The grave of Wilhelm von Horn at the Überwasserfriedhof, Münster.
Picture by Androom (23 Nov 2013)


Heinrich Wilhelm von Horn – Wikipedia

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Published: 03 Apr 2021
Last update: 29 Mar 2022