Source: “Der junge Feldjäger in französischen und englischen Diensten während des Spanisch-Portugiesischen Kriegs von 1806-1816” 2 volumes, introduced by J.W. von Göthe (Leipzig c.1826).
Almeida, were he was stationed now, was blockaded by the English. When the situation of the French garrison became desperate, their commander General Brenier blew up the city ramparts and marched with the garrison trough the lines of the English blockading army. Only the smaller half of the French managed to reach their own lines; the others, including the author, were taken prisoner by the English.
Our volunteer first complains about the rough treatment of the prisoners by the English generals, but he speaks well of the good nourishment he received from the English.
The prisoners were transported through Portugal, the inhabitants showing the utmost hatred against the French. In Coimbra, the author just managed to escape the faith of his belly being cut open, due to the protection of an Englishman who receives a lot of abusive words for his efforts. The distress on the frigates on which the prisoners were transported to Lissabon, the hunger he had to endure during his stay in the arsenal of the city used for keeping the prisoners, caused him, with 400 other prisoners, to enter English service.
Best regards, Geert