15 facts about Carl Wilhelm von Heideck

Carl Wilhelm von Heideck (Greek: Κάρολος φον Χέυδεκ, born in Sarralbe, Moselle, on 6 December 1788 – died in Munich on 21 February 1861) was a Bavarian military officer, a philhellene and painter.

Von Heideck studied art in Zürich. In 1801, he entered the military academy in Munich. Since 1805 he was in the Bavarian army, he took ration to the campaigns in Austria, Prussia and Tyrol, then in Spain after 1810.

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In 1814, with the rank of Major, he accompanied the crown prince and well ahead Ludwig I of Bavaria to the Congress of Vienna.

In 1826, he went to incite the Greeks fight for their independence against the Ottoman Empire, during the Greek War of Independence. In 1827, he took part below the orders of Thomas Gordon to the try to back up the Acropolis of Athens. In 1828, Ioannis Kapodistrias named him commander of Nafplion and a few months well ahead military governor of Argos.

In 1830, he went help to Munich and got back up his rank of colonel of the Bavarian army. He started over to paint.

In 1832, when Otto the second son of Ludwig I of Bavaria was designated to become king of Greece, Heideck was nominated to the regency council. It is traced, that he lived at Kasern Straße 12 (today Leonrodstraße) in Munich in the region of 1850. The Heideckstraße in the quarter Neuhausen of Munich is named after him.

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