Leonhard 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. 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.