I was wondering if somebody could point me to more information about general Loison aka "Maneta", of questionable reputation. I have already found some sources in German (some rather dubious tales from his time in Switzerland, some more from his service under Ney in Tyrol 1805 and remarks from Hamburg during the last years of the empire). I would be particularly interested in (online) Portuguese accounts from the first French invasion under Junot. Has anybody come across anything of that sort?
Many thanks in advance!
You might try the Portuguese Military Archives. They have tens of thousands of documents on line. Two that might be of interest is the section dealing with the Peninsular War and another on the Portuguese Legion. Within the two there are over 500 cartons of documents. . . each carton will have any where from five to one hundred folders and within each folder will be five to several hundred images. Obviously most will be in Portuguese but I have downloaded over 4000 images in English and I am only about fifty percent done. There are also some in French and Spanish.
One of the first papers published by the Napoleon Series was on General Loison. https://www.napoleon-series.org/research/biographies/c_loison.html
I bought a dissertation on Loison. It's worth reading.
THE LIFE AND CAREER OF COUNT LOUIS-HENRI LOISON, 1771--1816
BARRY, DONALD HOWARD.
Ph. D.; Florida State University; 1973
Its available through ProQuest (which a lot of university or larger libraries might have access to) or buy here: