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Archduke Charles
Duke of Teschen
Anton Einsle - Erherzog Carl von Österreich.jpg
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Born 5 September 1771
Florence, Grand Duchy of Tuscany
Died 30 April 1847(1847-04-30) (aged 75)
Vienna, Austrian Empire
Burial Imperial Crypt, Vienna
Spouse Henrietta of Nassau-Weilburg
  • Maria Theresa, Queen of the Two Sicilies
  • Archduke Albert, Duke of Teschen
  • Archduke Karl Ferdinand
  • Archduke Frederick Ferdinand
  • Archduchess Maria Karoline
  • Archduke Wilhelm Franz
Full name
Karl Ludwig Johann Josef Lorenz
House Habsburg-Lorraine
Father Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
Mother Maria Luisa of Spain
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen's signature
Military service
Allegiance  Holy Roman Empire
 Austrian Empire
Branch/service Imperial Army
Imperial and Royal Army
Years of service 1792–1809
Rank Lieutenant Field Marshal
Commands Imperial and Royal Army
  • French Revolutionary Wars
  •  • Battle of Jemappes
  •  • Battle of Neerwinden
  •  • Battle of Fleurus
  •  • Battle of Aldenhoven
  •  • Battle of Wetzlar (1796)
  •  • Battle of Kehl (1796)
  •  • Battle of Amberg
  •  • Battle of Würzburg
  •  • Battle of Limburg (1796)
  •  • Battle of Emmendingen
  •  • Battle of Schliengen
  •  • Battle of Ostrach
  •  • Battle of Stockach
  •  • First Battle of Zurich
  •  • Battle of Mannheim (1799)
  • Napoleonic Wars
  •  • Battle of Caldiero
  •  • Battle of Abensberg
  •  • Battle of Eckmühl
  •  • Battle of Aspern-Essling
  •  • Battle of Wagram

Archduke Charles Louis John Joseph Laurentius of Austria, Duke of Teschen (German: Erzherzog Karl Ludwig Johann Joseph Lorenz von Österreich, Herzog von Teschen; 5 September 1771 – 30 April 1847) was an Austrian field-marshal, the third son of Emperor Leopold II and his wife, Maria Luisa of Spain. He was also the younger brother of Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor. Despite being epileptic, Charles achieved respect both as a commander and as a reformer of the Austrian army. He was considered one of Napoleon's more formidable opponents.

He began his career fighting the revolutionary armies of France. Early in the wars of the First Coalition, he saw victory at Neerwinden in 1793, before being defeated at Wattignies 1793 and Fleurus 1794. In 1796, as chief of all Austrian forces on the Rhine, Charles defeated Jean-Baptiste Jourdan at Amberg and Würzburg, and then won a victory at Emmendingen that forced Jean Victor Marie Moreau to withdraw across the Rhine. He also defeated opponents at Zürich, Ostrach, Stockach, and Messkirch in 1799. He reformed Austria's armies to adopt the nation-at-arms principle. In 1809, he entered the War of the Fifth Coalition and inflicted Napoleon's first major setback at Aspern-Essling, before suffering a defeat at the bloody Battle of Wagram. After Wagram, Charles saw no more significant action in the Napoleonic Wars.

As a military strategist, Charles was able to successfully execute complex and risky maneuvers of troops. However, his contemporary Carl von Clausewitz criticized his rigidity and adherence to "geographic" strategy.

Austrians nevertheless remember Charles as a hero of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

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