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military 'oheat, which was the property of the soldiers, a sufficient sum tO
supply the immediate wants of his troops, at the aame time selling his
watch his own support. This fact, attested by an Engliahman present
at the th:J[le at Rome, is a new and fresh proof of the rare disinterested
ness of our hero. The devoted Annita had joined her husband at the
beginning· of the winter, leaving her three young children in the care of
his mothl,r, at Nice. She persisted in accompanying him, though in an
advanced state of pregnancy, and no entreaty could turn her from her
determination. The numerous dangers to w.lllch she knew her hushand
would be exposed, far from terrifying her, were a further inducement for
her to follow him.
On July 2, 1849, at eight o'clock in the evening, at the moment when
the French were at the gates of Rome, and the flag of Italy was flying in
Venice alone, Garibaldi gave the signal for devarture on that memorable
, retreat, which will probably be his fairest title to military renown.
Guided by the daring Ciceroncchio,• and other Romans no less courage
ous than him, and favoured by night, the Italian legion, with two
regimenllt of dragoons, incomplete and insufficient, and a great number
of flags belonging to the various corps d'armltJ, defiled in silence, pro
ceeded through the San Giovanni gate, and following the outer wall of
the city, marched along the Tiburtine road. Numerous ammunition
and waggons followed the troops, who amounted to 4,000
infantry and about 800 horse. After marching all night, the soldiers
and bivonaced, at dawn of July 3, at Tivoli. Here Garibaldi
divided his forces into two legions, and incorporated fresh volunteers
with the second. On the afternoon of the 4th he ordered the camp to
e be struck, and the entire column set out. On the same el"ening they
were in the vicinity of Monticclli, where they passed the night. On the
9th July they eventually reached Terni, after croBBing the spurs of the
AppeninE!S, exhausted by fatigue and privations.
In order not to increase the embarrassment of the communes, '1'1 hich
were alrE!ady compelled to supply provisions and forage, Garibaldi had
arranged that the columns while on tho march should bivouac in tho
monastery gardens, if such were near the place of halt, and this was
nearly always the case, as those buildings are so numerous on the
Brunetti, t.he Roman people charnctcriaed both the natural eloquence and the raro
bravery of their tribune. The adjecl.ivc Vacchio (brave or valiant) is a word
belonging to the Roman dialect.