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Giuseppe Garibaldi
The French Campaign of 1859

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Italian Unification Articles

Member Article: Giuseppe Garibaldi: Motivations for a Unified Italy
by Guy Nasuti

Giuseppe Garibaldi is as much a hero to Italians today as he was back when he attempted to unify the various Italian states into one nation. Garibaldi’s motivations for organizing and fighting with his Risorgimento was to found a liberal system of government for Italy that was then sweeping most of Europe, to become a leader to men who shared his ideals, and ultimately the establishment of a unified Italy.
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Member Article: The French Campaign of 1859 (Second War of Italian Unification)
by Dr. Patrick Marder

Despite its possibilities and perspectives, the practical heritage of the Crimean War for the French Army was a meager one. The Historique of the artillery service admitted openly in 1858 that "the fusil d'infanterie [the smoothbore musket] has rendered little or no service "; which is quite a strong statement when one remembers that this weapon equipped 83% of French forces in the Crimea.[1] Essentially then, an overwhelming proportion of French infantry—the men of the line regiments—made little direct military contribution to combat, surrendering the decisive battle role to the elite forces of the Zouaves, Turcos, Chasseurs, equipped with rifled arms and fighting in the light infantry order.
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