August Ludwig von Nostitz
August Ludwig Ferdinand Graf von Nostitz (27 December 1777, Zessel, near Öls – 28 May 1866, on his estates at Zobten, near Löwenberg in Schlesien) was a Prussian general who acted as adjutant general to Frederick William III of Prussia.
Nostitz was the son of Georg August von Nostitz-Ransen (15. Dezember 1709 – 1795). He joined the Prussian Army in 1802, leaving it in 1810 only to return in 1813 as a staff officer of the Silesian uhlans. After the battle of Bautzen he became adjutant to Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher.
On 16 June 1815, towards the end of the battle of Ligny, Nostitz stood guard over Blücher after Blücher fell stunned under his horse and after the French Cuirassiers had passed attracted the attention of counter charging Prussian troopers who then remounted the dazed Blücher on Sergeant Schneider's horse and escorted him from the battlefield.
In 1833 Nostitz became deputy commander of Berlin, then lieutenant general in 1838 and commander of the 5th Hussar Regiment (the Blüchersche Husaren) in 1840. He left active service in May 1848, was promoted to general of the cavalry in 1849 and from 1850 to 1860 served as Prussian ambassador to the Kingdom of Hanover.
He received the following orders and decorations:
- Kingdom of Prussia:
- Austrian Empire:
- Kingdom of Bavaria: Grand Cross of Merit of the Bavarian Crown
- Brunswick: Grand Cross of Henry the Lion
- Kingdom of Hanover: Grand Cross of the Royal Guelphic Order
- Hohenzollern: Cross of Honour of the Princely House Order of Hohenzollern, 1st Class
- Oldenburg: Grand Cross of the Order of Duke Peter Friedrich Ludwig
- Russian Empire:
- Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach: Commander of the White Falcon, 2nd Class
- Sweden: Knight of the Sword
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