Monday, September 10, 2012

An Italian Freedom Fighter

Garibaldi was an Italian freedom fighter. In his first attempt at breaking the chains of his countrymen he utterly defeated the French forces near Rome and captured five-hundred prisoners. However another of the generals let all of the prisoners go in exchange for one priest, and ordered Garibaldi not to attack the French, and to let negotiations carry on. Breaking his truce the French general told them he would attack on the 4th, he attacked on the 3rd. Garibaldi and his men were forced to flee. Almost to a man his men were all either captured or killed. Fleeing with twelve followers and his wife in a boat they made their way down the river. His wife died and his followers were shot on the river bank. Garibaldi himself escaped capture, but he was forced to leave the body of his wife behind.

He went to America to live.

Eleven years later he returned to Italy, and with one thousand men, very little ammunition, and barely the support of his own government, invaded the Kingdom of the two Sicilies. When they marched into the country they were attacking, they were outnumbered by their opponents army 128 to 1. However, I will let the general speak.

“I do not promise you ease, I do not promise you comfort, I promise you hardship, weariness, suffering, but I promise you victory.”

Through His Strength We Will Conquer,

Andrew .C Abbott

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