Most Americans know today is St. Patrick’s Day. But some might also share Mexico’s celebration, honoring a few Irish immigrants who deserted the U.S. Army in 1846 and instead fought for Mexico under Gen. Antonio López de Santa Anna.
In 2003, then-President Vicente Fox described them as a “brave group of Irish soldiers [fighting] the foreign ground invasion” by U.S. forces.
On April 12, 1846, Galway immigrant John Riley of the 5th U.S. Infantry swam the Rio Grande from a fort in Brownsville to Matamoros. Within weeks, more than 40 Irish had joined him to man Mexico’s artillery.
“Mexico was trying to recruit soldiers, playing up the Catholic angle,” said UT Arlington history professor Sam Haynes, a scholar on the U.S.-Mexican War.
Some accounts say the contingent included Irish Texans who had settled in what is now San Patricio County. But most accounts say the defectors — eventually about 200 — were new U.S. arrivals during Ireland’s Great Famine.
“They were just off the boat from Ireland, and they joined the Army just to feed and clothe themselves,” Haynes said.
In Mexico, they’re honored as martyrs, with monuments to “the San Patricios”.
“But in the U.S.,” Haynes said, “they’re something of a footnote.”
From Mexico’s point of view, Roman Catholic immigrants from Europe had good reason to help defend a homeland against Protestant attackers.
Or that’s the way the story of St. Patrick’s Battalion was told until recent years.
Click here for full article
more recommended stories
Yucatan registers over 60 infections by Covid in 24 hours
On May 19th, the administration of.
“Live without Drugs” campaign connects with Yucatecan students
The Segey and Fundación Azteca convene.
On Thursday, May 19th, the Mérida Airport registered a total of 54 flights, all on schedule
On Thursday, May 19th, three flights.
Noche Blanca will be back after two years due to the pandemic
After two years of the pandemic,.
Mérida joins the national mourning day for victims of femicide in Mexico
On Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00.
Vila Dosal promotes investments in clean energy for Yucatan
During the last day of his.
Greek composer and electronic music pioneer Vangelis dies at 79
The music world just lost one.
Driving under the influence, the mayor of Kinchil is involved in a traffic accident
In an embarrassing situation, the mayor.
3-year-old boy dies at La Raza IMSS hospital in Mexico City apparently due to a suspected case of acute hepatitis
The Hidalgo Health Secretariat confirmed that.
Police arrested two subjects in possession of large quantities of different drugs in Tulum, Quintana Roo
Security forces of the three levels.