Karl Ludwig Freiherr von
(22.08.1818 - 07.04.1889)
place of birth: Uthlebe, Thüringen (Thuringia)
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.