Young Gablenz

 Ludwig Freiherr von Gablenz in young age as Major of a Ulan Regiment around 1850
Ludwig Freiherr von Gablenz in young age as Major of a Ulan Regiment around 1850

 

Bought on the local fleamarket, a photograph of an Austrian soldier in the 1850s. It shows a relatively young Major of a Ulan regiment, dark green tunic with red piping, golden lacing on the collar and the cuffs, showing his rang as staffofficer. He wears the sword for cavalry officers pattern 1850 and the Military-Merit decoration, the Leopold Order and the Military Maria Theresia Order all 3rd class.

 

The man on the photograph is Ludwig Freiherr von Gablenz, (1814-1874), he fought in 1848 in Italy (where he was promoted Major), then in Hungary.  Since 1854 as major general active and in the wars 1859 commanding a brigade of the VII Army Corps.

 

There are a lot of photographs in books and on the internet, but they are all portaiting him after his successes in later years.

 

He victoriously commanded as Feldmarschalllautnant the VI. Army Corps in the Danish War of 1864, where he received the Military Maria Theresien Orden and the Prussian Pour le Merite. Subsequently, governor in Hollstein, active in 1866 in Königgrätz before Gablenz ended his career as General of the Cavalry and Commanding General of Hungary.