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Capitulation of Plassembourg: November 5, 1806

Articles of the capitulation of the place of Plassembourg,

Concluded, on the one hand, between Mr. the count von Becker, commanding colonel of 6th regiment of infantry of line of H. M. the king of Bavaria, commanding the blockade of the fort; Mr. major von Comeau, chief of staff of the corps forming the blockade, acting in the capacities of H. M. the king of Bavaria and of his General commanding the provinces of Franconie, H. Exc. the count von Yssembourg;

In addition, the baron von Uttenhofen, major general commanding the fort; major von Ruville second in command; the count von Monts, commanding captain of the Zweifel regiment of infantry.

ART.  Ist.  The Prussian garrison will be captives of war.  It will defile, with all the honors of the war, six days after the exchange of the capitulation; it will deposit its weapons in the place that will be indicated.

Answer.  Granted, with the restriction that today at one o’clock in the afternoon a gate will be turned over to the troops of H. M. the king of Bavaria; that Bavarian posts will be put at the arsenal and the stores of powder, ammunition and food; that Mr. the major Lamay of the Bavarian artillery will receive on behalf of the commander of Prussian artillery the guns, weapons and other objects relating to his weapons; that Mr. the captain von Pusch of the corps of Bavarian engineers, will receive from the commander of the corps of Prussian engineers the plans, papers and other objects reporting on the fortifications.  The Prussian garrison will defile, tomorrow the 26th of the current month, with all the honors of the war, on the way that leads from the fortress to the city, where the Bavarian troops will be arranged in battle formation.  The Prussian garrison will lay down their weapons close to the gate of the city.

II.  After having put down the weapons, the Prussian garrison will be captives of war, and led where H. M. the king of Bavaria will order them. 

R.  Article II is granted.

III.  The officers are prisoners of war on their word of honor not to bear arms, until their exchange, against H. M. the Emperor of the French and King of Italy, against H. M. the king of Bavaria and against the powers of their allied troops in the federated Grand-Army.  They will be free of going where they will want; but those which will remain in the province of Bareuth will receive there their salary, the first of each month, according to the roster which they will supply and until the moment of their exchange. 

R.  Granted; except that those for the Prussian officers who will want to fix themselves in the province of Bareuth, will receive there one month of salary from H. M. the king of Bavaria, provided that the total supply surplus is not of the sum of fourteen hundred guilders;  the said sum of 1400 guilders will be regarded as a loan made from H. M. the king of Prussia. 

Nevertheless H. M. the Emperor and King will be begged to agree to allow that those of officers made captive in Plassenbourg, and who will want to reside in the province of Bareuth, there receive on behalf of the States of the country the same treatment that they would have had in France in the depots of prisoners of war.

IV.  The gentlemen officers will preserve their swords, their horses and their luggage.  The soldiers will preserve their haversacks and what belongs to them.

R. Granted . 

V.  The invalids will preserve all their equipment, all that they have;  and these objects will be sent to them in the place of their destination.

R. Granted .

VI.  The invalids and the private individuals who are employed in the fortress as gatekeepers, caretakers and trumpeters, will preserve these places with the treatments that are found there.  

R. Granted. 

VII.  The married officers having their household in the fortress will preserve their housing in it, until one provides them the means of transport of their furniture. - R. Granted.

VIII.  The married soldiers who have their wife and their family in this province will be able to go on their premises, on the condition of not bearing weapons nor their uniform until their equal exchange

R. Granted.

IX.  All the tableaus and family trees having bearing on the reigning House of Prussia, will be taken and preserved in deposit for H. M. the king of Prussia.

R. Granted . 

X.  The soldiers will remain in the fortress until their cure. 

R. Granted.

These soldiers will be treated like the sick Bavarian soldiers;  they will be prisoners of war after their cure.

XI.  The invalids, in consideration of their long and faithful services, will preserve all their pay, and will be taken care of as they were before. 

R.  The invalids will be transported to Bareuth, and will be treated there as those who were in Magdeburg.

XII.  The debts contracted by different work projects and supplies in the fortress will not remain the responsibility of the king of Prussia, and will be discharged by the government which will take possession of all the objects which are in the place.

R. This article is not our responsibility.  We promise nevertheless our good offices so that the workmen are paid by the State, as if their supplies had been objects of requisition. 

The present articles were accepted with their modifications, by the two parts, which signed them, prepared duplicated, and at once exchanged. 

In Plassenbourg, November 5, 1806. 

Signed, the count VON BECKER, colonel;  COMEAU, major;  V. UTTENHOFEN, major general;  VON RUVILLE;  the count VON MONTS. 

State of what was in the place of Plassenbourg.

Eighteen guns of 3;  8 idem of 6;  2 idem of 12;  3 mortars of 10 or 7 inches diameter;  4 idem of 15 or 8 inches.

Total.  35 pieces of cannons fixed on mountings.

One falcon of 1 quarter pound;  11 idem  of  I pound;  4 idem of 2;  8 idem of 4;  2 coehorn mortars of 2 and half;  5 id. of 2;  2 id. of 2 and half. 

 Total, 53 pieces in bronze-Total of the guns and mortars, 68;  46 quintals of powder for muskets;  18 quintals idem for cannon;  60 pounds of primer.

Total, 64 quintals 60 pounds of power.

Six-hundred pounds of saltpeter;  400 quintals of lead;  40 quintals of iron bars;  1144 different models of rifles;  700 old muskets;  74 swivel guns;  200 pistols;  200 sabres;  29 old flags;  46 standards;  150 ammo pouches;  8,000 gunflints;  2,700 bill hooks;  1 mounting winch;  8 caissons;  14 limbers;  9 wagons;  9 drums of copper;  429 rifles;  277 sabres;  230 ammo belts;  375 ammunition pouches. 

The personnel were:  1 major general, Mr. the baron v. Uttenhofen;  4 majors;  7 captains;  7 lieutenants;  600 soldiers of the line, and 150 invalids.


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