Sebottendorf van der Rose, Carl Philipp

b. 1740

d. 11 April 1818, Vienna

"Freiherr and Feldmarschall-Lieutenant. Descended from a valiant military family ... was a son of Colonel Johann Moritz (died in Graz in 1760) from his marriage to Maria Anna Freiin Bodek von Ellgau (died in Vienna in 1791). In 1758, Carl Philipp joined Infantry Regiment Waldeck no. 35 as an ensign, from the Wiener-Neustadt academy, where he had received his military training, and by 1779 had been promoted to captain. In the same year, while holding the same rank, he was slanderously accused of cowardice at an action at Gebersheim, and after a detailed investigation declared innocent. In 1784 he was promoted major, in 1787 to colonel, and in 1793 to General-Major. It was with this rank that he commanded a brigade in Luxembourg in the following year, and distinguished himself by his courage on 2 September at Havre, where he pursued the defeated enemy column to Otringen. In 1796 he was promoted to Feldmarschall-Lieutenant, and received a division in Italy. At the battle on the Mincio, he commanded the left wing, which was cut off from the main corps, as this latter crossed over at Borghetto. He rapidly gathered his detached units, and attacked Valeggio with his cavalry, where Bonaparte narrowly escaped capture. From Valeggio, Sebottendorf moved via Gherla to the Chiusa Veneta, where orders to withdraw already awaited him. At the end of 1796, Sebottendorf commanded a division in the Tyrol. He was later president of the Military Court of Appeal, and died as such at the advanced age of 78 years." Wurzbach, C., von. Biographisches Lexikon des Kaiserthums Oesterreich, 1856-91 vol. 33, p. 245-6.

See also Bouvier, F. Bonaparte en Italie, 1796, 1899, p. 690.

Wurzbach also gives extensive information about Sebottendorf's forebears and other members of his family.

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