Samson Heinrich Arthur Frh von und zu der Tann-Rathsamhausen
(18.06.1815 - 26.04.1881)
place of birth: Darmstadt
Generaladjutant SM, General der Infanterie
Royal Bavarian General der Infanterie Ludwig von der Tann
commanded I. Bavarian Army Corps during the Franco-Prussian
War of 1870-71. His brothers Hugo and Rudolph were Bavarian
generals as well. He launched his career in 1827 as a page at the
Bavarian court, after which he joined the officer corps and took part
in the First Schleswig War of 1848. He
was then von Willisen's chief of staff during the Danish War of
1864, Prinz Karl of Bavaria's chief of staff during Austro-Prussian War of
1866. In the meantime, von der Tann also
remained close companion and adjutant to King Maximilian II.
At the start of 1869, von der
Tann-Rathsamhausen, as he was now called, assumed command of I.
Bavarian Army Corps which was headquartered in Munich. He led these
troops into battle during the Franco-Prussian War
and continued in their command until his death in 1881 at Meran, Italy.
Prussian Kaiser Wilhelm I awarded him the Pour le Merite,
and he also received the Grand Cross of the Bavarian Military Order.