Karl Friedrich von Steinmetz
(25.12.1796 - 04.08.1877)
place of birth: Eisenach, Großherzogtum
Prussian field marshal Karl von Steinmetz fought with
General Yorck during the Wars of Liberation. His older brother
was killed at Leipzig, and Steinmetz himself was wounded more
than once. In the battles in France he won the second class of the Iron
Cross. During the Danish War at Schleswig, he distinguished
himself to the point that Commander Wrangel remarked that Steinmetz had
"been the decisive factor in the battle." He distinguished
himself again at Duppel, for which he received the Pour le
Merite from Prince William.
In 1854, Steinmetz was promoted major general, but soon
thereafter lost his youngest and only child, a daughter aged twenty-six.
In 1857, Steinmetz received divisional command in within I. Army Corps,
and then shortly thereafter was sent to command V. Army Corps in Posen.
He was promoted general of infantry in 1864, and led his V. Corps to the
war against Austria in 1866. During the Franco-Prussian War of
1870-71, he commanded one of the three armies assembled on the Rhine,
the other two led by Prince Friedrich Karl and the Crown Prince. His
inability to get along with Friedrich Karl led to his retirement in
April 1871, but the 37th Fusiliers later bore his name as part of their
regimental title. He died on 4 August 1877 in Bad Landeck, Silesia.
Pour le Mérite