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Museum of the Risorgimento, Rocca Ossuary and of Solferino

The battle of June 24, 1859 in the hills between San Martino and Solferino, Castiglione delle Stiviere saw on opposites sides franco-Sardinian army under the command of Napoleon III ally of Vittorio Emanuele II and the Austrian Franz Joseph's orders. The victory by the franco-Sardinian army claimed a high number of casualties: 11,000 deaths and 29,000 wounded. From this tragic event the Geneva Henry Dunant drew inspiration for founding the International Red Cross. In 1861, with the objective to give a decent burial to the dead of the battles, was born the idea of creating the company


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