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This site on the Janiculum Hill commemorates the April-June 1849 fight by Garibaldi-led Republican forces against invading French troops. This was a defense of the young Republic which had been declared. The Roman Assembly declared a truce rather than subject the city to invasion but Garibaldi refused to accept this truce and fled the city to continue his fight. The bodies of those Romans who had died in this bloody struggle are buried together in the ossuary on the site. Their names are carved on the site.

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