Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815

Prussian Generals of the Napoleonic Wars  1793-1815: Preussen, Ludwig Ferdinand Prinz von

Preussen, Ludwig Ferdinand Prinz von

He was born on 18 November 1772 in Schloss Friedrichsfelde near Berlin, as third son of Prinz Ferdinand von Preussen and his wife, Anna Elisabeth Luise von Brandenburg-Schwedt. He is known in popular history as Louis. Louis was convinced that the Prussian monarchy was no longer an appropriate form of government and had certain republican sympathies. This caused strains within the royal family and he became dissolusioned, frustrated and bitter.

He took part in the war against France from 1792 – 1795 as Obst and was wounded at the siege of Mainz (14 April – 23 July 1793). In February 1795, he was appointed Chef of IR Nr 20 in Magdeburg. In 1806, he was GL and a member of the 'War Party', who wanted to engage in a war against Napoleon. When the campaign began, he was commanding the advanced guard of Fürst von Hohenlohe's corps, which had been ordered to guard the crossing of the River Saale, at Saalfeld. Due to the rapidly changing strategic situation, by 9 October, the need to maintain this guard had vanished, but no order was sent to Louis to withdraw. Next day, he was attacked by Marshal Lannes' V Corps, surrounded and his command was scattered. He died just before 1600 hours in a cavalry clash on 10 October 1806 at Saalfeld, having been stabbed by Sergeant Guindey of the 10e Hussards.

Placed on the Napoleon Series: November 2011

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