May 20, 1859. French and Sardinian troops are advancing in Lombardy, in pursuit of the Austrian Army, that is withdrawing to the Quadrilatero stronghold. In this context, frequent skirmishes took place between opposing patrols, The episode played in this game is described in the book “Cuore” . Half a company of Austrian infantry, which had remained isolated, is trying to reach its main body. Half a squadron of Sardinian cavalry has been dispatched to catch them. And a  12 years old Lombard peasant boy, Giovanni Minoli, offered himself to a Sardinian cavalry patrol to scout the countryside from a high tree. Unfortunately, he was spotted and killed, after having reported the Austrian positions.