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Capitulation of Brieg: January 11, 1807

Articles of the capitulation of Brieg.

Agreed between Mr. the lieutenant-General von Deroi, in the service of H. M. king of Bavaria, commanding the 1st. Bavarian division of 9th. corps of the Grand Army, grand-ribbon of the Bavarian military Order of Max. Joseph, and grand-ribbon of the Legion of honor;  Mr. the brigadier general Lefebvre-Desnoëttes, commanding a brigade of Bavarian cavalry, first rider of H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon, commandant of the Legion-of honor and grand-ribbon of the Faithful, both provided with full power of H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon, commanding as head of the 9th corps of the Grand-Army of H. M. Napoleon the Emperor, on the one hand;

And Mr. the major general von Cornerut, commanding the place of Brieg;  and Mr. von Bourdet, major-engineer and vice-commander, on the other.

ART.  I st.  The place of Brieg, will be surrendered to the allied troops of H. M. Napoleon the Emperor, tomorrow the 17 th. of the current.

II.  All that belongs to the fortress, artillery, ammunition of war, weapons, plans and stores of any species, will accurately be given into the hands of the officer that H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon will indicate to come to take possession of it and to draw up an oral report of it.

III.  The garrison will be captive of war; it will defile in front of the Bavarian troops of the siege, the 17 th., at one hour afternoon, flags deployed, lit wick, and will lay down their weapons in front of them.  The non-commissioned officers and soldiers will preserve their haversacks.

IV.  The foresters and gamekeepers who were summoned to serve in the place, as chasseurs, will obtain permission to return to their premises, provided that they give their words not to take up weapons anymore counter the troops of H. M. the Emperor and his allies. 

The supervisors of the workmen employed within the fortifications will remain temporarily in their places.

V.  The officers will preserve their swords, horses and luggage, and will be free to withdraw themselves to where it will seem good to them, after however having signed their words of honor not to serve against the troops of H. M. Napoleon the Emperor or his allies, until peace or their exchange.  The same favor will be granted the sergeant-majors and to color-bearers, and sergeants of cavalry. 

It in addition to it being granted to the officers a soldier for each one of them, as servant, and finally that they will be very treated like the officers included in the capitulation of Magdeburg.

VI.  The married non-commissioned officers and soldiers, as well as the invalids, will have permission to return with their families, and will be also treated according to article VIII of the capitulation of Magdeburg.

VII.  H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon promises protection, in the name of his sovereign, to any species of religion which the inhabitants of Brieg can profess; whole safety for the people and particular properties.

VIII.  The officers of the regency of High-Silesia, the magistrates, the officers of the baillage and royal fields and employees civil, will preserve temporarily the same functions; and if they would give their resignation, they would be free to remain in the city, or to go where it will seem good to them; and in this last case, passports will be delivered to them to be able to travel in safety with their families and their effects.

IX.  The royal coffers will be given to the military or civil officer, that H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon will indicate; this officer will make a distribution of it.

X.  The casualties and patients will be treated carefully, and the surgeons who had care until now, will be able to remain close to them.

XI.  The religious and pious foundations, of some religion which ever they may be, will enjoy their privileges and will be protected.  The donation boxes containing of the amounts pertaining to the minor orphans or infants will be also respected.

XII.  H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon promises protection of the College of Brieg.

XIII.  Mr. the commander will allow both senior officers engineer and artillery, indicated by H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon, to enter downtown the 16 th.  in the evening, to draw up a report, conjointly with the officers of the engineers and artillery of the place, of the arsenals and all the objects belonging to the fortress.

XIV.  The gate of Breslau and that of Neisse will be delivered to the Bavarian troops, the 16 th.  at 4 hours after midday.

XV.  The city, having suffered the last year from much, and very recently from the bombardment, H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon is requested to diminish, as much as possible, the number of the garrison.

XVI.  It will be granted to Mr. the commander, if he wishes it, a passport for an officer of the rank of lieutenant, who will not be looked on as a prisoner of war, to go to carry the present capitulation to H. M. the king of Prussia.

XVII.  For all the articles not envisaged, or which could have a double interpretation, Mr. the commander can entirely rest on the generosity and the well-known character of justice of H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon.

Prepared in duplicate, at Brieg, January 11, 1807.

The major general commanding the place of Brieg,

Signed, V. CORNERUT

The major-engineer and vice commander of the place,

Signed, VON BOURDET

The lieutenant-General in the service of H. M. the king of Bavaria, commanding the 1st. Bavarian division of the 9th. corps of the Grand Army, grand-ribbon of the Bavarian military order of Maximilien-Joseph, and grand-ribbon of the Legion of honor,

Signed, VON DEROY

The brigadier general commanding a brigade of Bavarian cavalry, first rider of H. A. I. prince Jerome-Napoleon, commandant of the Legion of honor, grand-ribbon of the Faithful,    

Signed, LEFEBVRE-DESNÖETTES.

Map of the Fortress of Brieg

 

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