“San Patricios” are the fighting Irish in Mexico!

“San Patricios” are the fighting Irish in Mexico!

Did you cozy up to the bar at Carlos O’Brien’s for Saint Patrick’s Day? If so, share a great tale of the fighting Irish in Mexico.

The “San Patricios” battalion was a group of mostly Catholic Irish men led by Captain John Riley of County Galway that deserted their U.S. troops to fight along side the Mexican Army during the Mexican-American War of 1846-1848.

When the U.S. Soldiers looted and burned Catholic churches, many Irish-American soldiers fed up with mistreatment from their Anglo-Protestant officers, couldn’t resolve themselves to the fact they were fighting against another Catholic country and jumped to the other side.

While held prisoner in Mexico City, Riley wrote to a friend: “Be not deceived by a nation that is at war with Mexico, for a friendlier and more hospitable people than the Mexicans there exists not on the face of the earth.”

 

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