Friday, 3 December 2010


Before carrying on my history of the wars with the invasion of Trentino I'd like to talk once more on Phil Kearny.

He was like that American that us europeans saw in the Cinema in the golden age, the stuff of fact that was made into fiction in films like "They died with their boots on". . Here now is the true story of New Jersey's most famous fighter, General Philip Kearny. Montebello

Philip Kearny was born on June 1, 1815, at 3 Broadway on Manhattan Island. His parents were Philip Kearny, a well-to-do financier, and Susan Watts Kearny, the daughter of the immensely wealthy John Watts. Although born a New Yorker, Phil Kearny may well have been conceived in the state that he later became more closely associated, New Jersey.

 The suburban Kearny Homestead owned by his father and used on many weekends by the couple was located on another Broadway, this one in Newark.Phil Kearny's early life was one befitting his family's status. Small in stature as a child, he was blessed with a strong intellect and maturity, although he could often be stubborn and showed flashes of the violent temper that would vex him throughout his life.One of Kearny's early talents was horsemanship.
 Even at the early age of eight he could ride better than most adults. He delighted in racing his horse over the rocky and hilly terrain of his grandfather's estate in Upstate New York where he spent considerable time.
His recklessness in the saddle caused his father much consternation and worry, but no amount of punishment could control him. Before long his neighbors in the area began referring to the young rider as, "A perfect horse killer."Kearny studied for the law, but never gave up his ambition to enter the military.On September 3, 1836, grandfather John Watts made a fatal error. He died at the age of 87. In his will he made the 22 year old Kearny a millionaire in his own right. He was now a legal adult with no financial worries and his father's control over his life was a thing of the past. So when junior Kearny announced he was joining the army, there was nothing the senior Kearny could doASparta 54mm. A bit wooden but greaT PAINT JOB.Kearny called on the assistance of his uncle, Lieutenant Colonel Stephen Watts Kearny, as well as the even more prestigious General Winfield Scott, who he had met and impressed while in school. The newly commissioned second lieutenant reported to his uncle at Fort Leavenworth(below) in Kansas, on June 10, 1837, and served with the First Dragoons for the next two years protecting settlers and pioneers traveling west.
His fellow soldiers could never understand why someone of his wealth and background would volunteer for the rigors of army life, but they enjoyed the benefits of serving with him, as he often used his tremendous wealth to ensure his unit was the best outfitted and supplied one in the United States Army.
After a few years in the field he was assigned as an aide-de-camp to the military district commandant, Brigadier-General Henry Atkinson. Kearny may not have been too happy about his new assignment, but it did have one important benefit; the commandant's beautiful sister-in-law, Diana Bullitt.
At that time France was considered to have the finest cavalry in the world. Church at Montebello from Kearny's time there
The United States government decided to send three young officers there to study cavalry tactics the French forces. Kearny was one of those chosen, perhaps due to the fact that his uncle Stephen made the selections. He arrived in France in 1839, just in time to join the Duke of Orleans Expeditionary Force to Algiers.
At last Kearny had the chance he had been waiting for; the chance to actually go to war and fight.
Kearny was sent to France, in 1839, to study cavalry tactics, first attending school at the famous cavalry school in Saumur, France, and then participating in several combat engagements with the Chasseurs d'Afrique in Algiers.
 Kearny rode into battle with a sword in his right hand, pistol in his left, and the reins in his teeth, as was the style of the Chasseurs. His fearless character in battle earned him the nickname by his French comrades "Kearny le Magnifique" or "Kearny the Magnificent."
Kearny had found in France a second home and would often return, though not always as a soldier. Up until the American Civil War, he would maintain contact with his friends in Paris. The French seemed to share his passionate temperament and fondness for the good life. below french lancers
While a student at the Cavalry School, he threw an elegant ball which increased his popularity among his peers and officers and cost him a small fortune. But for those he cared about, his generosity knew no bounds. In all his pursuits he gave 100 percent of his energy, whether it was in his work or diversions. Throughout his life, Kearny would equally enjoy recreational activities, social affairs, and engaging in battle, all one and the same. His enthusiasm for adventure would take him on journeys across the country and around the world, beyond Northern Africa and Paris, to places such as Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Mexico, and India.

 He returned to the United States in the fall of 1840 and prepared a cavalry manual for the Army based on his experiences overseas. Montebello

In the Mexican War, Kearny lost an arm at Churubusco. He resigned from the army in 1851 to travel and in 1859 fought again with the French in the war for Italian liberationdragoons at charabusco
The battle of Montebello was a clash of second floor in the more general framework of the second war of independence, which took place on May 20, 1859 at Montebello (today in the province of Pavia), fought between the Piedmontese cavalry and infantry and the  French against the Austrian army. fixed bayonets american cavalry in 54mm going fast so order. we are the only source for these now.
The defeat of the Austrians, despite these they had deployed more men, was a further sign that confirmed to Piedmont the inferiority of the preparation of the troops of Lombardo-Veneto. For this fight, the Commander-in-Chief Austrian was forced to keep some troops to cover the front of the South.


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