Friedrich von Steinmetz
(25.12.1796 - 04.08.1877)
place of birth: Eisenach, Großherzogtum Sachsen-Weimer-Eisenach
Prussian field marshal Karl von Steinmetz fought with General
Yorck during the Wars of Liberation. His older
brother was killed at Leipzig, and Steinmetz
himself was wounded more than once. In the battles in France he won the
second class of the Iron Cross. During the Danish War at Schleswig,
he distinguished himself to the point that Commander Wrangel remarked
that Steinmetz had "been the decisive factor in the battle." He
distinguished himself again at Duppel, for which he
received the Pour le Merite from Prince
In 1854, Steinmetz was promoted major
general, but soon thereafter lost his youngest and only child, a
daughter aged twenty-six. In 1857, Steinmetz received divisional
command in within I. Army Corps, and then shortly thereafter was sent
to command V. Army Corps in Posen. He was promoted general of infantry
in 1864, and led his V. Corps to the war against Austria in 1866.
During the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, he
commanded one of the three armies assembled on the Rhine, the other two
led by Prince Friedrich Karl and the Crown Prince. His inability to get
along with Friedrich Karl led to his retirement in April 1871, but the
37th Fusiliers later bore his name as part of their regimental title.
He died on 4 August 1877 in Bad Landeck, Silesia.