Ferdinand Emil Karl Friedrich Wilhelm von
(15.01.1810 - 05.01.1878)
place of birth: Obereimer bei Arnsberg, Westfalen
General der Infanterie
General von Schwartzkoppen served as a Prussian Army Corps
commander. He was born into the family of August von Schwartzkoppen and
Therese Marschall von Bieberstein. From his marriage to Luise von
Ditfurth in 1840 came their son Maximilian (1850-1917) who also served
the Prussian military at the rank a General der Infanterie. As a
military attaché assigned to Paris, Maximlian is primarily known for
his role in the Dreyfus Affair. Emil von Schwartzkoppen's later marriage
to Christiane von Brederlow produced their son Erich von Schwartzkoppen
(1870-1919) who served as Hofmarschall to Kaiser Wilhelm II.
Emil von Schwartzkoppen joined the military in 1826 with the 30th
Infantry Regiment in Trier. Upon transferring to the 2nd Grenadier
Regiment, he saw his first action against Denmark during the Schleswig-Holstein
War of 1848-51. In 1860, he received command of the newly-formed
55th Infantry Regiment and led them into battle during the Danish War
of 1864. He then led 27th Infantry Brigade at the Battle of Königgrätz
during the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, where he received the Pour
le Merite order.
Commanding an infantry division subordinate to the Second Army,
von Schwartzkoppen led troops during the Franco-Prussian War of
1870-71. His 19th Infantry Division suffered heavy losses during the Battle
of Mars-la-Tour. Following the Peace of Frankfurt, General
von Schwartzkoppen was appointed Military Governor of Berlin and was
also selected to command the Landesgendarmerie. He was then
promoted to General der Infanterie and transferred to Stuttgart in 1873
to command the XIII. Army Corps until his death in 1878.
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