Commandant – Johan Daniel Weilbach( Maybe General??)

Commandant Johan Daniel Weilbach
Quite a lot has been said and written about Commandant J.D.Weilbach of Faraosfontein, locally.  Some of it was rather negative but others again positive.  Johan Daniël Weilbach was born in Uitenhage in 1839.  His father was Johan Frederick Weilbach and his mother Maria Aletta
Fredrika Landman.  He moved to the Orange Free State in the 1860’s and participated in the wars between the OFS and the Basutus of
Moshesh.  He Later moved to Heidelberg district where he also became the Commandant.  He fought in the 1880 -1881 war against the British.
With the siege of Potchefstroom he was there. At the end of January he fought at the Natal front at Laingsnek, Schuinshoogte and Majuba.
After the war he was co-writer with C.N.J.  du Plessis of the book on this war: “Geschiedenis van de Emigranten-Boeren en van den
Whilst farming at Faraosfontein during 1898 he participated in a number of skirmishes with the blacks, the Bavendas.  When the Anglo-Boer
war broke out in 1898 he led the Heidelberg Commando on the Natal border.  Apparently he was somewhat of a hothead and it was therefore no surprise that he clashed with some of the other officers.  It was touch and go or he would have been discharged.  During December he was
temporarily suspended as he was held responsible for letting the British capture a Boer canon setup on the 8th December.  However, it was
never proved that it was because of his negligence that this happened.  On March 1900 he was again the Commandant in charge of the Heidelbergers when this Commando fought valiantly to defend their positions at the battle of Abrahamskraal.  They managed to such an extent against the multitude of British soldiers, that they could retreat in an orderly fashion.  By doing this the British were prevented from achieving a great victory. The Boer forces at Abrahamskraal were under the command of Generals De Wet and De la Rey.  They were about 3,000 men strong.  The British troops, however, totalled approximately 30,000 under direct command of Lord Roberts himself.  High numbers of losses were incurred on both sides.  30 men died on Boer side, 47 were wounded and 20 were taken prisoner.  It was told that the British suffered the loss of 60 dead and 360 wounded.
After the Heidelbergers’ retreat during the night they were ordered to join forces with the Boer forces at Bainsvlei near Bloemfontein on
Sunday, 11 March 1900. During that afternoon they were at their posts just to be informed that after an hours rest, they must again be on
the move.  This time they had to move to south of Bloemfontein.  That night they could have a decent nights rest after being on the road
for two very cumbersome days.
He died in 1906