The colours of the Pontifical troops were solemnly blessed before they left Rome, but as the order was only given to go to the frontier, and nothing was said, though everything was understood, about crossing it, the Pope was technically able to assert that the war was none of his making.
austrian artillery 1848
Thoroughly alarmed in his spiritual capacity, the Pope issued his Encyclical Letter of the 29th of April—when his ministers and the whole country still hoped from day to day that he would formally declare war—in which he protested that his sacred office obliged him to embrace all nations in an equal paternal love. If his subjects, he added, followed the example of the other Italians, he could not help it: a half-hearted admission which could not mitigate the indignation which the document called forth. With regard to Durando's corps, the Pope did what was the best thing under the altered circumstances; he sent L.C. Farini as envoy to the King of Sardinia, with the request that he would take the Roman troops under his supreme command, the Papal Government agreeing to continue the pay of such of them as belonged to the regular army.
Pius IX. made one last effort to help his fellow-countrymen which people hardly noticed, so futile did it appear, but which was probably made in profound seriousness.
'THE MINCIO. This was the frontier in 1848.One side the Italianite forces on the other the Austrians
There would be the crossing of the mincio at three points,Three bridges to take.The Italian plan was to take three bridges over the Mincio and thereby cut the Austrian defences to pieces but it was easier said than done. Goito , Monzambano and Borghetto were the points were they had decided to cut the Austrian defences and these were three opoints on the river Mincio.BORGHETTO
The firm Il Plantageneto does maybe what are the best toy soldiers of the Italian wars of Independence anywhere. They cost 25 euros painted, a bit steep maybe but worth having in any collection. If you need info google the name and yuo'll get their web page; if you need other info contact me, thats if you don't understand Italian.
Heres a Bersaglieri from NEW HOPE DESIGN.What happeneed to them?