Ferdinand Emil Karl Friedrich Wilhelm von Schwartzkoppen
(15.01.1810 - 05.01.1878)
place of birth:  Obereimer bei Arnsberg, Westfalen  (Westphalia)
Königreich Preußen:  KG,  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.


General der Infanterie  00.00.1873

Eisernes Kreuz II  Deutsch-Französischer Krieg  1870–1871

Pour le Mérite  20.09.1866