"The tall fair-haired General Buxhöwden"
General Frederick Wilhelm von Buxhöwden
was from Estonia, of German origin. He trained as a soldier in St Petersburg, and became an officer, distinguishing himself in battle against Turkey and Finland. His wife, Nathalie, was rumoured to be an illegitimate daughter of Catherine the Great. Like many others, he was in disgrace during Paul I's time, only to be recalled by Alexander I. In 1805 he was put in command of the left wing of the Allied army at Austerlitz; according to some historians, he was drunk during the battle, and therefore contributed to the defeat of the Allies.