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Garibaldi and his thousand volunteers win their first victory on Sicily at Calatafimi

Giuseppe Garibaldi, detail
05/15/1860
On the morning of May 15, 1860, Garibaldi and his force of around 1200 men turned back from Salemi to engage a 3000 man pursuing contingent of the Neapolitan army, supported by artillery, around the mountain town of Calatafimi.  Storming the heights of  the Pianto dei Romani, the insurgents drove away their pursuers who retreated to the capital city of Palermo.  Garibaldi's men suffered around thirty killed and several hundred wounded in the victory.  (By John Osborne) 
Source Citation: 
G.M. Trevelyan, Garibaldi and the Thousand, May 1860 (London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1916), 259-261.

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