Hopefully I have gotten my Italian correct. If someone out there can verify it, that would be great. My Italian is very rusty.
The Battle of the Monastery 1859
After weeks of on again off again skirmishing between the Italians and the Austrians, the Austrian commander decided to force a battle after having gathered what he thought would be enough troops to defeat the Italians. Italian scouts reported a massing of troops around the old monastery and that there were more troops coming in every day. Not wanting to fight a battle dictated by the enemy, the Italian commander forced the Austrians into a fight by attacking first. Hoping it would catch them off guard and claim an easy victory. He was wrong.
While waiting for the rest of his troops to arrive the Austrian commander built a solid defense around the monastery but never really expected the Italians to attack.
What I didn't get a picture of was the unlimbering of the artillery and the effect of canister on the cavalry as the tried to charge home. It wasn't pretty.
We called this battle due to time. Neither side had really broken the other and there was still plenty of morale left on both sides to continue the fight. I was sorry to see this one end this way. Again we used Piquet's Hallowed Ground and this was another test battle to familiarize ourselves with the rules and so on for our campaign.
Hope you enjoyed the battle report.