Today, we are offering a two-page letter written by him in 1876. The letter will prove most interesting, if you care to translate it.
Graf von Blumenthal (1810-1900) was an able commander and staff officer. He received special recognition for his efforts. He was awarded the Orden Pour le Mérite with Oak Leaves during the Austro-Prussian War. He served closely with Kronprinz Friedrich Wilhelm during that war, as well as the Franco-Prussian War. He was appointed to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall in 1888 and served on the General Staff.
Leonhard, count von Blumenthal, (born July 30, 1810, Schwedt an der Oder, Brandenburg—died December 22, 1900, Quellendorf, Anhalt, Germany), Prussian field marshal active in the wars that founded the German Empire.
He entered the guard as second lieutenant in 1827 and took part in 1848 in the suppression of the Berlin riots. In 1849 he served on the staff of General von Bonin in the Schleswig-Holstein campaign and so distinguished himself, particularly at Fredericia, that he was appointed chief of staff of the Schleswig-Holstein army. In 1858 he was appointed personal adjutant to Prince Frederick Charles. He was chief of staff of the 3rd army corps in 1864 when, on the outbreak of the Danish War of 1864, he was made chief of the general staff of the army against Denmark and distinguished himself at Düppel and the passage to Alsen Island.