Battle of Milazzo (1860)
|Battle of Milazzo|
|Part of The Expedition of the Thousand|
Contemporary reconstruction of the battle.
|Commanders and leaders|
|Giuseppe Garibaldi||Col. Bosco|
|c. 4,500||c. 4,500|
|Casualties and losses|
|more than 800||c. 300|
The main clash began on the morning of 20 July on an open field leading to the cape on which Milazzo is located. In the afternoon, after seven hours of combat, the battle moved towards the town itself. Here on a bridge, surrounded by the Neapolitan cavalry, Garibaldi was saved by an assault from Sicilian volunteers. The Garibaldines, after the initial setbacks, gained confidence from this success. Giacomo Medici, Giuseppe Sirtori and Enrico Cosenz attacked the Neapolitan troops, but were pushed back by General Beneventano's men.
Then came from Palermo the armed ship Tukory, which bombarded the Neapolitans, who retreated to Milazzo's fortress. Here they capitulated on 24 July. Garibaldi lost more than 800 troops, the Neapolitans c. 300.
This victory allowed Garibaldi an unimpeded passage to Messina.
- Cesari, Cesare (1928). La campagna di Garibaldi nell'Italia Meridionale. (1860). Rome: Libreria dello Stato..