Ernst Karl Graf von Zieten
(05.03.1770 - 03.05.1848)
place of birth: Dechtow, Brandenburg
Prussian Hussar officer and Field Marshal Graf von Zieten
was, despite the name, not related to Frederick the Great's renowned
cavalry general Hans Joachim von Zieten. Hans Ernst von Zieten rather
served as a General of Hussars and as the commander of the Upper
Silesian Cavalry Brigade under Field Marshal von Blücher.
Graf von Zieten's chief fame rests with his
actions in the 1815 campaign. Although he held a brigade command in
1813, included Leipzig, it was as a lieutenant general in command of I.
Corps in 1815 that he was most prominent, both at Ligny
and in the march to Mont St-Jean as troops under
his charge shored up Wellington's left flank late in the day. General
von Zieten later commanded the Prussian forces during the occupation of
France, and attained the rank of field marshal in 1839. He died in May
of 1848 in Bad Warmbrunn (present-day Cieplice Śląskie-Zdrój, Poland).