Los San Patricios: Mexico’s Fighting Irish
In Mexico, the Irish are best remembered probably for the San Patricios, a group of about 200 Irishmen who deserted the U.S. army in 1848 during the US-Mexican War. Though Americans consider the San Patricios traitors, to the Mexican people they were heroes. About 50 of them were captured and court-martialed during the last battle of the war at Churubusco. But according to Dr. Robert Ryal Miller, a retired historian from California State University at Hayward and an authority on los San Patricios, at least 90 of them escaped and rejoined the Mexican army.