György Klapka

György Klapka, also known as Georg or George Klapka,Obituary, "New York Times", May 18, 1892 p. 4 [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=9D0CE3DC173BEE33A2575BC1A9639C94639ED7CF] ] ( _sk. Juraj Klapka [http://www.spectator.sk/articles/view/8849/7/ Komárno is the most Hungarian of Slovak cities] ] ) (7 April 1820 – 17 May 1892) was a Hungarian soldier.

Klapka was born at Temesvár, Transylvania and entered the Austrian Army in 1838. He was still a subaltern when the Hungarian revolution of 1848 broke out, and he offered his services to the patriot party.

He served in important staff appointments during the earlier part of the war which followed; then, early in 1849, he was ordered to replace Lázár Mészáros, who had been defeated at Kassa, today Košice Slovakia, and as general commanding an army corps he had a conspicuous share in the victories of Kápolna, Isaszeg, Vác, Nagysalló (today Tekovské Lužany Slovakia) and Komárom (today Komárno Slovakia). Then, as the fortunes of war turned against the Hungarians, Klapka, after serving for a short time as minister of war, took command at Komárom, from which fortress he conducted a number of successful expeditions until the capitulation of Világos in August put an end to the war in the open field. He then defended Komárom for two months, and finally surrendered on honorable terms.

Klapka left the country at once, and lived thenceforward for many years in exile, at first in England and afterwards chiefly in Switzerland. He continued by every means in his power to work for the independence of Hungary, especially at moments of European war, such as 1854, 1859 and 1866, at which an appeal to arms seemed to him to promise success.

After the war of 1866 (in which as a Prussian major-general he organized a Hungarian corps in Silesia) Klapka was permitted by the Austrian government to return to his native country, and in 1867 was elected a member of the Hungarian Chamber of Deputies, in which he belonged to the Deák party. In 1877 he made an attempt to reorganize the Turkish army in view of the war with Russia. General Klapka died at Budapest on 17 May 1892. A memorial was erected to his memory at Komarom in 1896.

He wrote "Memoiren" (Leipzig, 1850); "Der Nationalkrieg in Ungarn, &c." (Leipzig, 1851); a history of the Crimean War, "Der Krieg im Orient . . . bis Ende Juli 1855" (Geneva, 1855); and "Aus meinen Erinnerungen" (translated from the Hungarian, Zurich, 1887).

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