Here you can see the Goito area better.It was from here than Charles Albert's army marched towards Pastrengo
After taking the bridges on the Mincio Charles Albert sent volunteer units to the Tyrol to try to cut off the supply to the Austrians in Verona but this had little effect. Charles Albert didn't know if the Austrian withdrawal from the Mincio was leading him into a trap nevertheless the King had got half his army over the Mincio.His main and best objective would be to cut Radetsky's lines of communication and supply. He had left this to his Papal and Neopolitan allies . The Papal troops under Durando and the Neopolitans under Pepe.
On the 22nd of April Durando arrived at Ostiglia. The idea was that the Papal troops and the Neopolitans would take the bridges over the Piave and Brenta thus stopping fresh Austrian troops arriving to face Albert on the plains around Verona.This was slow though as both armies did not show much dash on their way to the bridgeheads.
The Rideau of Radetsky at Verona was a worrying thing.The rideau was that of reducing the risk to Verona from cannon fire from the high ground slightly above it.a kind of 1848 Dien Bien Phu.
But and this was a big but, he was short of provisions
In the Alpine town of Trent was General Walden.
He was supposed to be Radetsky's life-line.
He had 6,000 men circa defending roads and villages. The orders were to keep the supply coming.
Walden destroyed nearly all the bridges and there was only one point where anything could get through and that was Rivoli,the plateau of Rivoli.
The plateau of Rivoli commands the narrow pass where the river and the road run very close to each other ; taking it would have meant the end of the war but the Italians did not have enough men in all reality.
The Austrians at Pastrengo were under Wohlgemuth.
TWO BRIGADES WERE MARCHING TO TAKE UP POSITIONS AROUND PESCHIERA.
they passed through the village of "Our Lady of the Snow" when they were fired on by a few Austrians who then retired rapidly towards Mount Raso a steep hill that covers the road to Pastrengo. The Piedmontese under General Bes chased the Austrians . He attacked with three battalions and six guns. The Austrians fought back and were joined by troops of the FIRST OGULINERS. Bullets flew but no one managed to take Mount Raso. The Austrians had withdrawn to the environs of the village of Pastrengo.
The Charge of the Carabinieri at Pastrengo has become the stuff of legend. The Carabinieri today live on this and re-enact it every year.