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French troops are starting to depart Paris for Italy to confront the Austrians

Louis Napoleon Bonaparte, circa 1850, detail
04/23/1859 to 04/25/1859
On April 26 the French minister to Austria told the Austrian foreign minister that France would consider an Austrian crossing of the Ticino River into Piedmont as an attack upon France. In fact, French units had already moved toward Piedmont and by April 26 substantial French forces were in Turin. Three days later, the Austrian Emperor Franz Josef published his declaration of war and his troops did begin crossing the Ticino. (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.
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860 (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1860), 388.
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