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Capitulation of Nienbourg: November 25, 1806

Capitulation for the handing-over of the place and the garrison of Nienbourg to the French and Dutch troops, under the command of major general Savary, aide-de-camp of H. I. and R. M., grand-officer of the Legion of honor, colonel of the elite gendarmerie, decorated with the grand-ribbon of Baden,

Concluded with Mr. the major von Dresser, acting in the capacity of Mr. the major general von Strachwitz, head of a regiment of Prussian infantry, knight of the Order of Merit, commanding the place of Nienbourg; 

And Mr. Semery, captain-aide-de-camp of major general Savary, and acting in his capacity. 

Proposed Articles.

ART.  Ist.  The garrison will leave on December 1st. at midday, by the gate of Linthor, with weapons and luggage, deployed ensigns, guns, drums beating, lit fuses, and will be free to join the Prussian army. 

R.  The garrison will leave on November 26, at 8 o'clock in the morning, by the indicated gate, with the honors of the war;  it will be put in battle formation on the route to Minden, and will there the hand-over its weapons, flags and horses.  It will then continue to be started for France, where it will remain as captives of war. 

II.  The officers will preserve their swords, horses and luggage, and the soldiers their bags. 

R. Granted. 

III.  The officers will have freedom to withdraw themselves on their premises and where it seems best for them, will not to be worried there with their security;  they will receive passports and passenger waybills, so that the food, fodder and lodgings are provided to them until they reach their destination.  One will provide also carts and horses to those that will need some for transporting their effects.

R.  Granted .  But the officers will be prisoners on parole, and will not be able to carry the weapons against France and its allies until an even exchange.

IV.  One will assign to the officers who will not want to benefit from the permission to turn over their premises, the place where they will be able to go, with the certainty that one will provide for their existence there. 

R.  One cannot assign another destination to these Messrs, only France or their homes; those which will want to go to France will receive there the treatment allocated with the prisoners of war; those which will return to their homes will be treated there like the officer prisoners of war of all places and armies of the Prussian monarchy. 

V.  Three companies of invalids who are in the garrison, after having subjected themselves to the same conditions as all the other troops, will be transported to their old garrisons, where they will receive their accustomed salary and subsistence.  Their officers will be treated in the same way. 

R.  The companies of invalids will be subjected to the same conditions as the garrison as the garrison;  but it will to be passed in a review of soldiers who compose them, and if the General-commander judges that they cannot be transported to France, he will indicate to them the places where they must each one be withdrawn.  In all the cases, their retirement and their subsistence will be ensured to them as the prisoners of war who go to France.

VI.  The casualties and the patients will remain in the place with surgeons to look after them. 

R.  They will be given to discretion of the troops, and according to the normal treatment of the French soldiers, and after their cure, sent in France. 

VII.  The handing-over of the gates, artillery, the stores will take place only after the handing-over of the garrison. 

R.  As soon as the capitulation exchange, the head of the bridge of Weser, as well as the gate by which will the garrison are to have to left, will be given to the provision of the French and Dutch troops.  A delivered passage will be made through the city for the troops that will have to occupy the head of the bridge of Weser and the cantonments area.

The officers of artillery and the engineers, French and Dutch, then entering the place to make there an inventory of the objects of artillery and the engineering which are found there. 

These objects will remain under the guard of the Prussian garrison until their exit.

Prepared in duplicate in the camp in front of Nienbourg, November 25, 1806, one o’clock in the afternoon. 

Signed, SEMERY, captaine-aide-de-camp; 

DRESSER, major. 

Ratified by major general STRACHWITZ, commandant of the place and the garrison of Nienbourg;  and major general DUMONCEAU, adviser-of state, Officer of the Legion of Honor, and brigadier general SCHRAMM, stipulating for the French and Dutch troops, under the command of General SAVARY. 

Singed, DUMONCEAU, SCHRAMM, STRACHWITZ.

 

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