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Giuseppe Garibaldi leads his volunteers into north-western Lombardy and forces the Austrians from Varese

Giuseppe Garibaldi, detail
05/24/1859
Giuseppe Garibaldi, perhaps the best-known Italian in the world at the time, gathered a group of volunteers he called the "Chasseurs of the Alps," and advanced on behalf of Victor Emmanuel of Piedmont-Sardinia into Austrian-held Lombardy. Swearing to rid Lombardy of twenty generations of foreign subjugation he crossed the mountainous north-west and forced the Austrians from Varese. Four days later he took Como, just twenty-eight miles north of Milan. (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), 245. The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge for the Year 1860(Boston: Crosby, Nichols, and Company, 1860), 389.

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