Friedrich Emil Graf zu Dohna-Schlobitten
(04.03.1784 - 21.02.1859)
place of birth: Schloss Finkenstein, Westpreußen (Kamieniec, Poland)
count Dohna-Schlobitten began his active military service as
a Portepée-Fähnrich (officer's
candidate) in 1798 in Königsberg,
East Prussia. He proved himself to be one of Scharnhorst's most
promising students. Later, as a professional soldier, Graf zu
Dohna-Schlobitten saw action at Eylau while serving
on General L'Estorcq's staff. He was wounded and spent time as a
prisoner of war in France. He subsequently distinguished himself while
serving on Scharnhorst's general staff and was thus awarded the Pour
le Merite in 1807.
The count married General von Scharnhorst's
daugher Julie and then served with Clausewitz in Russia.
Dohna-Schlobitten was also engaged at the Battle of Waterloo
as a colonel and was promoted major general in 1822. In 1839, King of
Prussia Friedrich Wilhelm II appointed him as commanding general of II.
Army Corps in Stettin. Graf zu Dohna-Schlobitten also commanded I. Army
Corps and in 1848 was awarded the Order of the Black Eagle.
He declined the appointment as Minister President and retired in 1854
at the rank of Generalfeldmarschall.