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Garibaldi and his men capture thousands of royal troops at Villa San Giovanni

Giuseppe Garibaldi, detail
08/23/1860
After his capture of Reggio, Garibaldi began his march up the Calabrian coast towards Naples.  At Villa San Giovanni, he surrounded a large force of the Neapolitan royal army and negotiated its surrender, taking 3,500 prisoners and several field guns.  He released the prisoners to their homes, an action that contributed to his increasingly uncontested march towards the Bourbon capital. He entered Naples on September 7, 1860.  (By John Osborne)   
Source Citation: 
George Macauley Trevelyan, Garibaldi and the Making of Italy (London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1912), 136-137.

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