Karl Friedrich Emil zu Dohna-Schlobitten

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Karl Friedrich Emil zu Dohna-Schlobitten
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Born (1784-03-04)4 March 1784
Schlobitten, East Prussia
Died 21 February 1859(1859-02-21) (aged 74)
Berlin, Prussia
Allegiance Kingdom of Prussia Prussia
Russia Russian Empire
Service/branch Hussar
Uhlans
Years of service 1798-1854
Rank Field Marshal
Battles/wars Napoleonic Wars

Karl Friedrich Emil zu Dohna-Schlobitten (4 March 1784 – 21 February 1859) was a Prussian fieldmarshal.

Biography[edit]

Dohna-Schlobitten was born at his family's estate of Schlobitten (today Słobity, Poland) to Friedrich Alexander zu Dohna-Schlobitten (1741–1810) and Caroline née Finck von Finckenstein (1746–1825).

In 1798 Dohna joined the Prussian Army, where he met Gerhard von Scharnhorst, whose daughter Julie (1788–1827) he married in 1809.[1] Dohna left the Prussian Army after Prussia had to deploy subsidiary troops in Napoleon's Russian campaign and joined the Imperial Russian Army instead. He commanded the 2nd Hussar Regiment of the Tsarist Russian–German Legion and fought at Borodino. In 1812 he took part in the negotiations of the Convention of Tauroggen, rejoined the Prussian Army and commanded the 8th Uhlan Regiment in the Battle of Waterloo.[2]

Dohna was promoted to a Lieutenant General in 1837 and with his retirement in 1854 to a Fieldmarshal and Royal chamberlain of Frederick William IV of Prussia.[1]

Dohna died in Berlin, where he had lived after his retirement and was buried at the Invalidenfriedhof.

A part of the fortification of Königsberg, the Dohna-Turm, which is today the location of an amber-museum, was named in his honour.[3]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b the Dohna family (German)
  2. ^ Siborne 1848, p. 639.
  3. ^ Baedecker Russland (German)

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