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Piedmont-Sardinia rejects Austria's call to disarm

Victor Emmanuel II, detail
04/27/1859
Austria had issued an emphatic demand that the Kingdom of Piedmont-Sardinia disarm within three days or face attack. Prime Minister Cavour made the Italian position clear on April 26 and on the following day, King Victor-Emmanuel told his troops in a proclamation that this "insulting demand received the reply it deserved." Two days later, Austrian troops crossed the Ticino River into Piedmont and the war began in earnest.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1859 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1860), 219-221.
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