St. Patrick's Battalion by James Alexander James Alexander ThomSt. Patrick's Battalion by James Alexander James Alexander Thom

St. Patrick's Battalion

byJames Alexander James Alexander Thom

Paperback | December 22, 2008

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They were proud and doomed, Irish rogue cannoneers under a green silk banner, fighting against their former comrades-in-arms to defend Catholic Mexico against the invading U.S. Army.

Their choices were to win, die in battle, or hang as deserters. To the Mexicans they were heroic saviors, but they were seen as despicable traitors by the West Point officers who faced their grapeshot and cannonballs on every major battlefield Matamoros to Mexico City.

Survivors of the Irish battalion's deadly gunnery would later lead armies against each other in Civil War, many of them - Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Braxton Bragg - ironically deemed the same sort of traitors. This astonishing true tale from an almost forgotten war is told through the eyes of two boys who know and admire the idealistic Irish leader John Riley: an Army camp errand boy who keeps a diary, and a Mexican military school cadet whose widowed mother becomes the Irishman's tragic lover.

Title:St. Patrick's BattalionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.9 inPublished:December 22, 2008Publisher:CARDINAL PUBLISHERS GROUPLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0979924073

ISBN - 13:9780979924071

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"The two young narrators are vivid and unforgettable, and the war narrative fast-paced. Illumination and compelling, Saint Patrick's Battalion presents a stirring and provocative look at American Manifest Destiny...Highly recommended." -- Historical Novels Review "Historical Novels Review"