British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars 1793-1815
By: Ron McGuigan
Sontag, John (27 October 1747 - 4 May 1816)
Cornet 12th Light Dragoons 1780, Lieutenant 12th Light Dragoons 1781,
Captain-Lieutenant 8th Light Dragoons 1786, Sold his commission 1792,
appointed Captain Guides 1793,
Brevet Major 1795, Brevet Lieutenant Colonel 1795, Brevet Colonel
1803, Brigadier General on the Staff 1808-1810, Major General 1810,
Lieutenant General 1814.
Early service: Flanders 1793-1794, Military Commandant of the Hospitals
Flanders 1795, Deputy Quartermaster-General West Indies 1795-1796, Superintendent
of Military Hospitals 1797 -1800, Aide De Camp Helder 1799 and wounded,
British Commissioner to Dutch Troops 1799-1806, mission to Allied Army
in Poland 1807 and at battle of Eylau,
Inspector General of Reduced Foreign Officers 1806-1814. Attached
to force Sweden 1808.
Portugal & Spain: An investigating/liaison officer for Lord Castlereagh
1808-1809. Commandant of Lisbon 1808. Commanded brigade Portugal 1808-1809.
Peninsular War: Commanded a brigade April - June 1809. Served at Cadiz
March-October 1810. Specifically appointed to command at Torres Vedras
October 1810. Commanded a brigade 7th Division March - August 1811
and temporarily commanded 7th Division August-October 1811. Invalided
home due to ill health 1811.
Other Service: Commandant of Middleburg, Walcheren 1809.
Placed on the Napoleon Series: August 2006; updated September 2012
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