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Italy in the White House: Civil War Garibaldi Guard

Italy in the White House: Civil War Garibaldi Guard

Artist
Frank Vizetelly
Date of Work
1861
Medium
Sketch
Credit
Library of Congress

Italy in the White House: Civil War Garibaldi Guard

On July 4, 1861, Union troops marched past the White House in a review held at the outbreak of the Civil War. Washingtonians gathered to view the parade along Lafayette Square while President Abraham Lincoln, his Cabinet, and General Winfield Scott watched the troops from a platform in front of the White House. One of the Union regiments to parade past was the 39th New York Volunteer Infantry, also known as the “Garibaldi Guard.” Inspired by Italian patriot Giuseppe Garibaldi, this unit consisted of soldiers of Italian, German, Swiss, Hungarian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese backgrounds.

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