Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815: Pelet, Karl Gerhardt von

By: Digby Smith

Pelet, Karl Gerhardt von (1026)

Born on 7 August 1742 in Glaubitten, Kreis Rastenburg, East Prussia. His father was Peter Wilhelm, Herr auf Glaubitten, Eichenau and Plaschen. On 22 April 1757, he graduated from Königsberg university and in 1760, he entered Prussian military service as Fahnenjunker in the DragR Bayreuth Nr 5. He served in the Seven Years` War from 1760 - 1763, fighting in the clash at Reichenbach and at the siege of Schweidnitz. On 24 August 1762, he transferred to the infantry and was commissioned as Frch in the FüsR von Bülow Nr 46. On 1 May 176?, he was promoted to Sklt and on 11 July 1770, promoted to Prlt. He served in the war of 1778 - 1779 with Austria. On 30 March 1782, he was promoted to Stkpt, and on 5 February 1787, to Kpt and Kiech in his IR von Pfül Nr 46. On 9 February 1789, he was promoted to Maj in Füs Bn von Oswald Nr 16. On 26 December 1791, he was awarded the PLM for clearing the Tucheler Heide of robbers. On 20 March 1794, he was appointed Chef of Füs Bn von Pollitz Nr 14, and on 1 Sep 1794, he was promoted to Obstlt. On 9 September 1794, he received permission to wear the cross of the Order of the Domstiftes zu Havelberg. From 1794 – 1795, he fought in the war in Poland and was wounded in the siege of Warsaw and was very distinguished in several actions. On 12 January 1796, he was promoted to Obst. On 5 February 1797, he was sent to Switzerland to recruit for his regiment. On 12 September 1797, he was appointed to command the Niederschlesischen Füs Bde. On 20 May 1801, he was promoted to GM. He fought in the war of 1806, and on 13 October was in charge of a brigade of the 13th, 14th and 15th Füsilier Bns, supposed to be on outpost duty. Without orders, he withdrew his brigade, without telling anyone what he had done. General von Blücher told of a similar incident during his withdrawal to Lübeck. He thus failed to live up to expectations and was then on the inactive list; he died on 28 August 1823 in Grünau, Kreis Flatau.


Placed on the Napoleon Series: August 2011


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