*CDV EDWIN FREIHERR VON MANTEUFEL ~ HEROIC FIELD MARSHAL. Choi ce Carte-de-Visite Photograph, by Kunst of Berlin. Identified in pencil in an unknown hand on the mount. A determined bust-length pose in uniform.

Prussian Field Marshal Edwin Freiherr von Manteuffel [1809-1885] was noted for his victories in the Franco-Prussian War. A cousin of Prussian statesman Otto von Manteuffel, he entered the guard cavalry at Berlin in 1827, and became an officer in 1828.

He was promoted captain in 1843 and major in 1848, when he became aide-de-camp to King Frederick William IV. After diplomatic missions in Vienna and St. Petersburg, he served in the Danish War of 1864 and the Austrian War of 1866.

In the Franco-Prussian War of 1870-71, he commanded the I Corps under Steinmetz, distinguishing himself in battle. He succeeded Steinmetz in command of the Imperial Army, winning the battle of Amiens against General Farre.

In January 1871, he commanded the newly formed Army of the South, which he led, in spite of hard frost, over the plateau of Langres, cutting off Bourbaki's Army of the East [80,000 men]. His immediate reward was the Grand Cross of the order of the Iron Cross, and at the conclusion of peace, he received the Black Eagle.

The Emperor promoted Manteuffel to the rank of General Field Marshal
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