Karl Ludwig Freiherr von Schlotheim
(22.08.1818 - 07.04.1889)
place of birth:  Uthlebe, Thüringen  (Thuringia)
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  General der Cavallerie


Pussian cavalry general von Schlotheim
was the son of Imperial Saxon officer Günther von Schlotheim and his wife Louise von Hopffgarten. His parents having died when he was fairly young, Ludwig spent his formative years with relatives living at Schlotheim Castle. He launched his military career in 1836 when he joined the 12th Hussar Regiment in Kölleda. In the early 1850s, he spent some time working as a IV. Army Corps staff officer under future Prussian Chief of General Staff Helmuth von Moltke the Elder.

Prior to the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, von Schlotheim was engaged as General Herwarth von Bittenfeld's chief of staff at VIII. Army Corps headquarters in Koblenz. He continued in this role during the War when Herwarth von Bittenfeld headed up the Elbarmee (Army of the Elbe). During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, von Schlotheim was likewise the chief of staff in Crown Prince Albert von Sachsen's Maasarmee, which fought against Napoleon III in the Battle of Sedan. During the subsequent period of peace, General von Schlotheim commanded 17th Infantry Division in Schwerin and in 1880 replaced General Graf von Bose as commander of XI. Army Corps in Kassel. He held this post for the next nine years, up until poor health took his life in 1889.


General der Cavallerie  18.09.1880

Eisernes Kreuz II  Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871

Pour le Mérite  20.09.1866  (Eichenlaub:  15.06.1871)

Militär-St-Heinrich  24.08.1870  Komtur II