Cavour was greatly disappointed when Austria intervened in December 1855 and brought the war to a close, for this intervention would allow an enemy power to dominate the peace congress as a mediator. He had hoped that his 18,000 troops would so distinguish themselves in battle that his claims to territorial compensation would be recognized; but, though nearly 2,000 had died of cholera, they had had time to be present at only one military engagement—in which they had lost a mere 14 dead and 170 wounded.
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