Skip to comments.1847: The San Patricios
Posted on 09/13/2020 7:18:17 AM PDT by CheshireTheCat
At 9:30 a.m. this day, as the American army raised the Stars & Stripes over Chapultepec Castle during the Mexican-American War, it simultaneously carried out a mass hanging of 30 Irish deserters who had gone over to Santa Anna the Saint Patricks Battalion, or the San Patricios.
Irish had been migrating to the United States en masse even well before the Great Famine got rolling in 1845.
And for those of that great migration wave who wound up in the service fighting the Mexican-American War, there was a hint of deja vu an Anglo and Protestant imperial power seizing land from a black* and Catholic neighbor?
Some of the Irish decided they were fighting for the bad guys, and switched sides.**...
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The United States Marine Corps honors its role in the Battle of Chapultepec and the subsequent occupation of Mexico City through the first line of the “Marines’ Hymn,” From the Halls of Montezuma. Marine Corps tradition maintains that the red stripe worn on the trousers of officers and noncommissioned officers, and commonly known as the blood stripe commemorates the high number of Marine NCOs and officers killed storming the castle of Chapultepec in September 1847.
As noted, the usage “Halls of Montezuma” is factually wrong - as the building was erected by the Spanish rulers of Mexico, more than two centuries after the Aztec Emperor Montezuma was overthrown.
The Irish picked the wrong side with Santa Ana.
“The Halls of Chapultepec” doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily as “the Halls of Montezuma.”
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