When the United States went to war with Mexico in 1846, many men serving in the US Army were Irish immigrants. Following in the tradition of the Wild Geese, Irish soldiers fought in the Army for more than a hundred years.
But faced with the anti-Catholic discrimination rampant in the United States, some left the US Army and joined the Mexican army instead. At the war’s end, the US hanged them as deserters, but today they are celebrated as heroes in Mexico and Ireland. We’ll examine their history, and view a documentary about their story.