British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

British Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815
Sontag, John

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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