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Mexican-American War 1846-1848

Mexican-American War 1846-1848
Mexican-American War 1846-1848
Mexican-American War 1846-1848
Mexican-American War 1846-1848
Mexican-American War 1846-1848

Learn more about U.S. Immigrant Volunteer soldiers

Tyler Johnson is Associate Professor of History at Philadelphia Biblical University and has authored Devotion to the Adopted Country: U.S. Immigrant Volunteers in the Mexican War. C973.62086912 J639de 2012

He focuses on French, German, Polish and Spanish volunteers and delves into issues of anti-Catholic sentiments of Nativist Americans. Readers will want to study this work carefully to see if there are lessons that can be gleaned from the past.  

Other works of interest include The U.S.-Mexican War: a Binational Reader by Christopher Conway.

A Short, Offhand, Killing Affair: Soldiers and Social Conflict During the Mexican-American War by Paul Foos.

An Immigrant Soldier in the Mexican War by Frederick Zeh.

The Rogue's March: John Riley and the St. Patrick's Battalion, 1846-48 by Peter F. Stephens.

Female experience during the Mexican American War

The Sandoval Sisters' Secret of Old Blood gives the female view of the Mexican American War, especially when the U.S. conquers its first foreign capital: Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Irish volunteers

Don't forget the Irish volunteers that I mention as well (especially the chapter on the Irish Jasper Greens of Savannah, GA). Thank you for the recommendation. Your other three suggestions are great as well. If a reader wants to get a bit of the Mexican side of the war in an English-language work, they should try Irving Levinson's "Wars within War". I apologize that I do not remember which press he got it published with.

Tyler V. Johnson