--Among the Pope
's troops at the battle of Castelfidardo, was a volunteer New Yorker, Alfred de Nanteull
, who fell after having received two bayonet and four gunshot wounds.
's Journal publishes an obituary notice of the young "martyr," from which it appears that he was only 22 years of age. Says the Journal:
"Our sorrow for his sad fate is mingled with horror at the treachery to which he and many more of his companions in arms have fallen victims.
There was a wide-spread defection on the part of the Italian
troops, in the Pontifical
, in a letter addressed to the 'Esperance,
'published at Nantes
, states that the 2d regiment of Chasseurs (Italians) not only fired on the foreign levies that went into action with them, but also on the aides-de-camp
whom General Pimodan
sent to disarm them.
The Italian artillerymen (so we are informed by a private letter,) abandoned their guns.
All the Pontifical
cavalry fled, leaving only eighty of the Guides of Lamoriciere (all Frenchmen,) to cover the retreat of the defeated forces from the field of battle."