Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815: Hagken, Christian Alexander, Freiherr von

By: Digby Smith

Hagken, Christian Alexander, Freiherr von (1049)

Born 30 September 1744 in Onolzbach, now part of the town of Ansbach in southwestern Germany. His father, Wolfgang Julius, was Herr auf Bornimb and Hofkavalier (courtier) to the Markgraf von Ansbach. On 1 April 1758 he was appointed a page in the court of the duke of Württemberg in Stuttgart. On 1 March 1763 he entered military service, being commissioned as Sklt, in the Württemberg Leibgarde zu Fuss. On 17 August 1764 he left Württemberg`s service and on 20 April 1765 he entered Prussian service as Prlt in the IR von Beckwith Nr 48. On 12 February 1776 he was promoted Kpt and Kiech, in the IR von Eichmann Nr 48. He served with distinction in the war against Austria in 1778 - 1779. In 1787 he fought in the war in the Netherlands at the clash at Schoenhoven; again distinguished. On 12 March 1791 he was appointed to command the Grenadier Bataillon von Kunitzki. From 1792 - 1795 - fought in the war against France in the battles of Kaiserslautern and Trippstadt and the clashes of Famars, St Amand and St Imbert.  On 6 December 1793 he was awarded the PLM for his actions at St Imbert. On 25 April 1794 he was appointed to command the IR von Koethen Nr 48; On 12 January 1795 he was promoted to Obstl; on 26 May 1798 he was promoted to Obst. On 5 May 1803 he was appointed Chef of IR von Strachwitz Nr 44. On 20 May 1803 he was promoted to GM. In the war of 1806 - at the age of 62 - he took the field again;  he was initially in the Kurfürst von Hessen`s corps and then with his regiment in Hameln fortress, where, on 26 November of that year, he was captured in the shameful capitulation of the fortress. On 4 November 1807, because of his involvement in that decision) he was set on half pay. He died in poverty on 2 May 1808 in Űntrop near Hamm.

Placed on the Napoleon Series: December 2010


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