I'm working on editing a journal of the 1809 Walcheren expedition at the moment, and one point has been flagged up to me. The author of the piece goes off on a bit of a tangent at one point describing various orders worn by captured French men following the siege of Flushing. Regarding the Legion d'Honneur, he writes:
"There was a very great number of Members of the Legion of Honour at Flushing, the cross & ribbon are much the same as was formerly worn by the Chevaliers de St Louis. – Private Soldiers are decorated with the Ribbon – A simple member, has a Silver Cross, & a Chevalier, has a Gold one."
This has confused me somewhat, as I thought a Chevalier was 'a simple member'. I also can't find any records of who would have had a silver cross, and who would have had a gold one. I'm presuming he's not talking about the Chevaliers de St Louis, of course (from context it appears not to be the case).
Can anyone help me out here? What is this individual describing?
Many thanks in advance,