It was here that, taking advantage of a momentary respite, he satisfied
the desire of his heart by marrying a young lady of Laguna, .Annita,
who beca:e the inseparable companion of all his dangen, the gentle and
moundbl reminiscence of his life. Dark, like the tropical creolts,
graoeRl, aetive, and with eyes full of ardour; and an undaunted
ee ....'W'IIrihr.· of Garilaldi, and the glorious sympathy which laas
attaciecltD.IIII:·--y all the people of Italy. The nuptial
hymns and the noise of cannon, for the Imperial
1leet lwL.-....IJtlle,.tof Laguna to suppress the rebellion. .Annita
went ou.-...I._. &.liand'a -...el, and the contest waa obstinate.,
Seeing tie r 1 1aiJiiy: elGeibaldi provided for the safety of
llie fono-r,. aaaiuing alone in presence of the enemy ; he at last
j,unped Dlto. a.boat with Annita, and gained the shore amid the shouts of
die tow n, wmle lilt ...-el, fired by hi5 QIWIIt hand, blew up and
-my damaged the Brazilim fleet. Of twelve oilicers who had been
Garibaldi waa the only c.e who IUI'Vived.

J!liDt long aa.r....cbued by Bruilian c:ruiaers into a lagune, where
expect they would Tellture to follOtJ" him, Garibaldi, as a last
aq I t, ran his venel ashore-; then. mmmting his two guns on a
---»i&"1g spot; he Jiept up such a san.ined. that the enemy,
ll6tlliilitb·:mk an advanceGf thm:r boats, ad'IUI&ble to remain where they
,...'WiiiiiDat serious,

retired fur the Dight out of range. They
lAII'e-f.irmiY, eonvinced that, th098h the resistance might be
their adversaz:1 must &TeWilually fall into their hands. But when day
bzoke, both Ga.ill&ldi ad his vessel had disappeamd. By almost
superhuman efForts,_the captain had dragged his ship off the land, and
slipping through the Brazilian fleet, which was lyiug UI18upectingly at
anchor, managed to effect his retreat. As, however, the enemy might
have been on the alert, Garibalm. had provided for this, by collecting
large quantities or brush-wood aDd drift, whieh he fired, to make the
enemy believe that he had hlmst. lria TlliiBel, and would attempt to
escape by land.

On a subsequent oecasion, Garibaldi was less fortunate. The Bra­

zilians forced the entrances of the Lagao doe Patos, where the Rio Grande

fleet was anchored, and, confiding in their great numerical superiority and

heavy broadsides, expected an easy prey. But Garibaldi was not at all

disposed to surrender: though his wife lay motionless before him, he

responded with great spirit to the enemy's heavy cannonade. But, ueing

soon convinced that all resistance was hopeless, he ordared his crews to

land, blew up his magazines, and reached the shore by swimming. Soon



after, we fincll Garibaldi at the head of his aailors, whom he organized
aa a land force, thua laying the basis of his future renown in guerilla
warfare. From this moment and according to circumstances, Garibaldi
wu either a g'Uerillero or admiral of a 'fleet, though ever bold and invin­
cible. His d•,voted and intrepid Annita accompanied him in all his dan­
gerous expeditions. Itis saidthat, duriug the confusionof an unexpected
engagement, Madame Garibaldi waa taken prisoner by the Br.uiliana.
Rouaed to a. pitch of madneu by the rumour that her hublllld waa
killed, she contrived to escape during the night, and, ruahing to the battle
field, eagerly sought among the dying and dead for the remains of the
man she love(L At length persuaded that her fears were unfounded, she
continued he:r flight, and had the happineu of rejoining her
after two daJ11·

The conatancy and derotedne111 of her aft"ection have iaYened .U
DaDl8 of Amlit& Garibaldi and her lamentable fate, wiih m internt
granted to fetw of the·sublime heroines of lot'e. The claima of mMeraity
bad not the power to tear Annit& hubud'a aide. Carryiq
their DBW-boru eon in her arma, she faced death, brand dangen, aDd
npported privaiiuoa with a joyful :t-rt. So long u she waa aot
witht a cra.el separation, no complaint wu ever bearcl to pua
her lipa. To be with her huaband and serve the eat11e of liberty-in
these two blessings the whole emtence of this noble woman ,..

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