Patrick s battalion, a unit of the mexican army, was composed of mainly of irish catholic immigrants who deserted the u. Futhermore, a book published in 1860just twelve years after the war, the mexican war, by an english soldier. A song for the irish and some other men who deserted from the us army during the us invasion of mexico in 1846, only to resurface in the ranks of the mexican army. History of st patrick s day parades around the world st. My name is john riley ill have your ear only a while i left my dear home in ireland it was death, starvation or exile and when i got to america it was my. In june of 1845, a group of immigrant americanscalled the san patricios, or st. Patricks battalion was an elite artillery unit which inflicted great damage on the americans during the battles of buena vista and churubusco. During the mexicanamerican war, irishamericans fought. During the battles of buena vista and churubusco, the st. Another good historical fiction this time about the mexican american war.
His death was commemorated each year in ireland and, with increased migration, the holiday spread around the world. In later life, he served as a bishop, but little is known about the places where he worked. During the mexicanamerican war, irishamericans fought for mexico in the saint patrick s battalion anticatholic sentiment in the states gave men like. Saint patricks battalion by james alexander thom fantastic fiction. Editions of saint patricks battalion by james alexander thom. Meet the american irish battalion that defected to mexico. What caused saint patricks battalion to fight for mexico. Patrick is believed to have died on march 17 in the year 461. Collectively, this was the largest mass execution in united states historythe hanging of 38 sioux at the.
Patrick s day, named for irelands patron saint, is celebrated around the world on march 17 with parades and other festivities. It is celebrated inside and outside ireland as a religious and cultural holiday. Then you can start reading kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer no kindle device required. Zachary taylors army and fought on the opposite side in the mexican. Saint patricks battalion by james alexander thom book cover, description, publication history. The mexican soldiers fought hard and well but were horribly led. Patrick battalion and millions of other books are available for instant access. Enter your mobile number or email address below and well send you a link to download the free kindle app. Patrick s battalion was led by irish defector john riley, formerly of company k under the u. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction.
Three times a white flag went up and three times a deserter tore it down. Saint patricks battalion was a group of european immigrants and expatriates, overwhelmingly irish, who had defected from the united states army to. The saint patricks battalion formed and led by john riley, was a unit of 175 to several hundred. Saint patricks battalion by james alexander thom goodreads. History when we waged war on mexico, expecting it to be fought mostly by irish immigrants who were otherwise. David rovics saint patrick battalion lyrics genius lyrics. Saint patrick s day is observed on 17 march, the supposed date of his death. Comprising incidents and adventures in the united states and mexico with the american army, states that. Some outstanding books about the history of mexico. Patrick s battalion fought furiously with the malignity of private revenge against their old army.
After becoming a cleric, he returned to northern and western ireland. Army and fled to mexico during the war, which lasted from 184648. Patricks battalion of the mexicanamerican, a handful of irish. In a monastery built by franciscan monks on the site of an aztec war gods temple, a rogue battalion of cannoneers prepares to make its final stand along a. Saint patrick s battalion was a group of european immigrants and expatriates, overwhelmingly irish, who had defected from the united states army to fight alongside mexico during the u. Buy saint patrick s battalion by thom, james alexander from amazons fiction books store. It is mostly the story of jon patrick riley, who was one of the founding members of the st. In a monastery built by franciscan monks on the site of an aztec war gods temple, a rogue battalion of cannoneers prepares to make its final stand along a strategic road to mexico city. By the seventh century, he had already come to be revered as the patron saint of ireland. Patricks battalion, documentary film directed by jason. Patricks battalion is a critical piece of the history of the. The fight across mexico, however, became tough and costly, as john. After fighting in every major battle the us and mexico engaged in, they were captured at the battle of churubusco just outside mexico city. The most fabled of these were the san patricios who formed the st.1171 160 338 236 1674 1476 520 927 419 987 1317 373 486 94 838 440 200 1007 1249 1022 1232 1656 93 1284 1155 1159 1126 811 873 1122 174 326 1499 1170 871 189 821 548 772 1389