It’s the 1847 Battle of Churubusco during the American war with Mexico. Among the Mexican forces is the Foreign Legion of Patricios, a unit of European volunteers. Many of them are Irish and deserters from the U.S. Army. These men fight with bitter ferocity because they know all too well the grisly fate that awaits them if enemy forces capture them.

We’ll return to the outcome and the decidedly grim aftermath of the Battle of Churubusco later. But first, let’s take a look at the story of the Mexican-American War. We’ll also examine the origins of the Foreign Legion of Patricios or the St. Patrick’s Battalion as it’s perhaps best known in modern times.

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