The Capitulation of the City and Fortress of Magdeburg: 8 November
Articles for the capitulation
of the city and fortress of Magdeburg,
Agreed between the brigadier general Dutaillis, one of the commanders
of the legion of honor, knight of the military Order of Bavaria, and
head of the chief-of-staff of the 6th. body of the French
Grand-Army in Germany: colonel Liger Belair, Officer of the Legion
of Honour, adjutant-commander as a head of the staff of the advanced
guard; and the captain Regnard, member of the legion of honor and
aide-de-camp of H. Exc. Mr. marshal Ney, stipulating in the name of
Mr. Ney marshal of the Empire, grand-officer of the legion of honor,
grand-ribbon, head of the 7th troop, knight of the Order of the Christ
of Portugal, and commanding as head of the 6th. corps of
the French Grand-Army;
And MM. von Renouard, major general, head
of a regiment of infantry and knight of the military Order of Merit
of Prussia; Dutrossel, commanding colonel of infantry of the place
of Magdeburg; and Leblanc, captain with the regiment Prince Louis
of Prussia, infantry, stipulating in the name of H. Exc. Mr. the count
von Kleist, General of infantry, knight of the orders of the Black
Eagle and the Red Eagle of Prussia, and that of Saint-Alexandre and
Neuski of Russia, and military governor of the city and citadel of
ART. Ist. The city, citadel and fortifications of Magdeburg
will be given to the troops of the 6th. corps of the French
Grand-Army, with their artillery, ammunition, stores, provisions of
all species and public properties, without any restriction, and in
the state that all these things will be found at the time of the capitulation.
II. The gate known as the Ulrich and the outer works which depend
on it, will be given to the French Army, to be occupied by it on the
afternoon of November 10.
III. The garrison will have the honors of the war; it will leave
on November 11, at eleven o’clock in the morning, drums beating, flags
deployed, with four pieces of campaign cannons, by the gate known
as Ulrich. It will put the weapons down, and the cavalry will deliver
its weapons and its horses to the place, which will be agreed, to
carry the guns to the place.
IV. The weapons deposited, the garrisons will be captive of war;
the soldiers will be led to France, and the officers will be prisoners
on their word of honor not to serve before their exchange against
H. M. the Emperor of the French and King of Italy, nor against its
allies, and they granted freedom to withdraw themselves to the places
which they will indicate. However only the officers who have with
them family, and which are established and married in Magdeburg, will
be able to remain in the city.
V. The officers will preserve their swords, their luggage and their
horses. The soldiers will preserve also their haversacks and overcoats.
VI. The cadets, color-bearers, sergeant-majors of the infantry and
first quarter masters of the cavalry, will be considered as officers
and treated as such.
VII. The pay-masters, chaplains, surgeons and leading seamen will
not be considered like prisoners of war.
VIII. The two incomplete companies of invalids who are in the place,
will leave their weapons, and will be returned in their old garrisons,
one in Peim near Hildesheim, the other in Aacken, where they will
receive their allotments and ordinary food by the care of the local
authorities and at the expense of the country.
IX. After the departure of the garrison, the officers will return
to the city to receive their passports there, and will leave after
having received them. The reserve containing words of honor not to
serve before their exchange will be prepared in advance.
X. The married soldiers and those established in Magdeburg after
an extensive inspection will remain with their family, with the proviso
of not being useful before exchange and of not wearing their military
XI. The wounded officers and soldiers and patients will be able
to remain in Magdeburg until their cure. They will be taken care
of at the expense of the city.
Prussian army surgeons will remain in the place in a sufficient number
to look after them. They, throughout all their stay, will be treated
by the city like the French army surgeons.
XII. The people, the particular properties of the habitants, the
worships and their religious opinions are put under the safeguard
of the French laws and honesty.
If there were people in the city who wanted to leave it, either while
preserving their residence, or by selling their properties, they would
be given the passports and guarantees necessary.
XIII. Nothing will be changed in the administration, or in the current
institutions of the country. The magistrates who are charged, will
continue their functions and will receive the protection of the French
XIV. Both sides will name, police chiefs for the inventory and turning
over of plans and charts, papers, files, artillery, ammunition of
war and mouth, and all the public properties, some in the state they
are in, which can be found in the place.
XV. The senior officers and others, as well as the cadets, color-bearers,
sergeant-majors, and first quarter-masters who will be withdrawn,
in advance of the present capitulation, in the Prussian provinces
occupied by the French Armies, or which have suddenly been found thereafter,
will receive, at the expense of these provinces and by the care of
the local governments, their pledges and appointments on a footing
of peace. These pledges and appointments will have to be paid exactly
the first of each month.
XVI. H. Exc. Mr. the governor of Magdeburg will have faculty to
send, if he considers it suitable, an officer of his court, to deliver
the opinion on this capitulation to us. This officer will receive
the passports necessary.
XVII. All the articles of this capitulation which could appear to
present in a doubtful direction, will be interpreted with the advantage
of the garrison.
XVIII. Both sides will give three ranks of hostages which will be
agreed, for the reciprocal guarantee of the execution of the capitulation.
These hostages will be given tomorrow November 9, and will be respectively
returned after the occupation of the place.
Submitted in duplicate at Magdeburg, the 8 of November 1806.
gal. of brigade,
Signed, Von RENOUARD,
Signed, L. A. J. REGNARD,
Signed, H. LEBLANC,
Certified copy for,
Marshal of the Empire, Signed, NEY.