Friday, 10 October 2014

A place called Solferino

SOLFERINO. This afternoon will be opened in the new monument Solferino by Henry Dunant, to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Geneva Convention. Work of the sculptor Fabio Pozzi, the bronze was in the lawn between the Museum of the Battle of Solferino and the bonery. The monument is Henry Dunant in natural height (1.75 meters). The left hand is closed into a fist, facing the bonery, symbolizing a "just war," as an invitation and reminder also for the Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Dunant in 1901; the right hand is open,

addressed to the extreme, in a sign of welcome. At the foot of a flag and a suitcase, which recalls the spirit of the Geneva traveler. This work, therefore, closes the triptych of monuments that complete the mosaic celebrating the Red Cross, an idea and then a combination of relief that  was born in the lands of Mantua, after the great battle of Solferino and San Martino, at the 1859 International Museum of the Red Cross of Castiglione and the Memory of Solferino.. "The monument remembers the people of this land who have given, in terms of reception, rescue and aid, in those tragic days of the battle;  a 'tribute to a great man, a father , but also a tribute to all our ancestors, men and women, who have been active on these lands to help,the wounded and carry corpses, giving warmth and relief, "The ceremony will take place from 17.30, with the meeting in the Place Louis Torelli, then move on to the square ; This morning, however, at 11, in the trattoria Da Renato, Per chi cerca una vacanza di pace e tranquillità, oppure un piacevole pernottamento di lavoro appena fuori porta, l’hotel DaRenato Alla Vittoria dispone di 10 nuove stanze finemente arredate con antichi mobili, un ambiente caldo e rilassato dove sentirsi ospiti da amici senza dover rinunciare alla privacy e a tutti i comfort.Hotel tre stelle è situato al secondo piano dello stabile storico e dispone di 10 Camere arredate con antichi mobili di proprietà della famiglia. Un ambiente rilassante e confortevole dove prendere una pausa rilassante sul Lago di Garda o per un soggiorno business. Trattamento B&B / mezza / completa pensione. Disponiamo di due camere completamente autonome con ingresso indipendente per la Vostra massima libetà. Inoltre disponiamo nella piazza principale del paese di quattro appartamenti completamente arredati con cucina box auto e indipendenti. 60 pounds per night for two people circa .  
there will be the presentation of the book  (bedroom at Da renato)"From Solferino to Geneva - 150 years of history."

Charles Auger (La Charité-sur-Loire, July 29, 1809 -, June 30, 1859) was a French general. Admitted to the École polytechnique in Paris on November 1, 1929, he participated in the campagnre of Africa in 1833 and 1834 with the rank of lieutenant in the 10th Regiment of Artillery. After a few years in Metz, he was  sent again to Algeria in 1841 and in 1843 took command of Orleansville Artillery, with the rank of captain and appointed a Knight of the Legion of Honor. He will return to the country in 1848, taking on important positions in the National Defense Commission and the Directorate of Artillery Service in the War Office.

In 1855 he was appointed Chief of Artillery of the Army of the Orient that is involved in the Crimean War, where he distinguished himself in the battles of Malachov and Cernaia. 

Auger erected a monument to General Ca 'Morino Medole
In the second war of independence of 1859, was part of the general staff of the French army and was in command of the Second Army Corps dell'Atiglieria French, led by Marshal of France Patrice de Mac-Mahon.

He fought in the battles of Magenta and Turbigo and played an important role during the early stages of the Battle of Solferino, June 24, 1859, in which he was severely wounded in the left shoulder by a cannon ball, in the course of a violent and prolonged duel against the Austrian artillery, deployed near Cà Morino Medole.

Brought dying in nearby Castiglione, he underwent surgery, but died after a few days. For his value on the field, he was promoted to the rank of general of division by Napoleon III in person. His place was taken by General Edmond Le Boeuf. 

In his memory the Corps of Artillery Italian erected a cenotaph to the place where he was struck, recently restored on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of the battle.

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