Wolf Louis Anton Ferdinand
(10.01.1813 - 11.08.1885)
place of birth: Berlin
General der Infanterie
Ferdinand von Stülpnagel was the Prussian general officer in
command of XIII. Army Corps following the Franco-Prussian War of
1870-71. His father Wolf Wilhelm Ferdinand von Stülpnagel was also a
Prussian general, while his son Ferdinand Wolf von Stülpnagel commanded
the V. Army Corps in 1899.
In 1829 at the age of 16, von Stülpnagel joined the 3rd Infantry
Regiment headquartered in Königsberg. By 1859, he had earned a
promotion to to the rank of Oberst-Lieutenant and was transferred to
III. Army Corps headquarters in Berlin to serve as General von
Radziwill's chief of staff. He later functioned in this same role under
Prussian Prince Friedrich Karl. During the Austro-Prussian War of
1866, General von Stülpnagel was the the Ober-Quartiermeister (Senior
Quartermaster) on the general staff of the First Field Army. It was
during this conflict, that earned was awarded the Pour
le Mérite medal for valor. His close friend Prince Friedrich
personally intervened to have von Stülpnagel appointed in 1867
as commander of 5th Infantry Division in Frankfurt an der Oder.
Engaged in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71,
Generalleutnant von Stülpnagel continued as head of 5th Division which
was subordinate to III. Army Corps. He was wounded in the leg during
this conflict and received the oakleave cluster to add to his Blue Max
ribbon. After peace terms were agreed to, he was selected in October
1871 to serve as the first commander of XIII.
Army Corps from Württemberg. He continued in this capacity until
December 1873 when he was transferred back to Berlin to serve as Chief
of the Landes-Gendarmerie (Territorial Law Enforcement) until
retiring from active duty in 1875.
Eisernes Kreuz II
Pour le Mérite