The New International Encyclopædia/Möllendorf, Wichard Joachim Heinrich von

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MÖLLENDORF, mẽl'len-dôrf, Wichard Joachim Heinrich von (1724-1816). A Prussian general, born at Lindenberg. He was in the first and second Silesian wars, and was promoted for bravery at Soor (1746). In the Seven Years' War he rose to the rank of major and received the Order for Merit. At Torgau (1760), where he showed great bravery, he was captured by the Austrians, but he was released in 1761, and was made general a year after. Möllendorf was division commander in the War of the Bavarian Succession (1779); Governor of Berlin (1783); and commander in 1793 of the troops which put into effect the second partition of Poland. He was appointed commander-in-chief of the Army of the Rhine in 1794. In 1806 he again took the field, was wounded at Auerstädt and captured at Erfurt, but was released by Napoleon, who gave him the cross of the Legion of Honor.