Anonymous Light Calvary of the French Papel Forces in Italian Campaign
Medium Uncut dilute albumen stereo
Photo Date 1862 Print Date 1862
Dimensions 4-1/4 x 7-9/16 in. (108 x 192 mm)
Photo Country Italy
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With title and date in light contemporary pencil on verso. Several photographers, including Gustave Le Gray, took images of the French army during its Italian campaign. Early in 1862 Victor Emmanuel persuaded Garibaldi to lead yet another revolutionary expedition, this time to attack Austria in the Balkans. He was allowed to recruit another volunteer army, and munitions were collected for him in Sicily; but he then decided to use this army to attack the Papal States. The Italian government did not want to jeopardize its relations with the French, who garrisoned the Papal States, and at this point ordered its own forces to stop Garibaldi. At the ensuing Battle of Aspromonte he was badly wounded and taken prisoner. He was freed, however, and now the King's complicity with him could no longer be denied. This is an image of the French papel forces.
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