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Erin Go Bragh and the San Patricio Battalion

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Title: Erin Go Bragh and the San Patricio Battalion

Description: Today, Steve is joined by frequent guest Jacob Herr to talk about the history, background and context of a group of mostly Irish, but also other nationality Catholics who deserted the United States Army the Army of Mexico right before and during the Mexican American War. This unit, called the San Patricio Battalion fought bravely during many of the pivotal battles of the war. Learn their fate after this controversial conflict. Enjoy this incredible story on St. Patrick’s Day or any other day of the year!

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Thank you again for listening to Beyond the Big Screen podcast. We are a member of the Parthenon Podcast network. Of course, a big thanks goes out to Jacob Herr. Links to learn more about Jacob and his blog can be found at or in the Show Notes.
In this episode, the real history, context and background on story of the San Patricio Battalion in the Mexican American War. Keep your podcatchers updated for our next episode, where Jacob and I see if Hollywood appreciated or hated history in the 1999 film, One Man’s Hero.
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[00:00:00] I would like to welcome Jacob Herbeck to the show. Jacob took us through the really fascinating look at both the real Billy the kid and Billy, the kid has portrayed in popular media. Jacob is going to do it again today with a really intriguing yet not widely known piece of American history. The Mexican-American war is a complicated conflict to discuss there's many moving parts in diplomacy, military, and culture.
March 14, 2022
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Steve Guerra is the host of the History of the Papacy Podcast, which began in 2013. In 2017, Steve began Beyond the Big Screen, a podcast which delves into the fascinating stories behind films through lively interviews.
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