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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby NefariousNed on Sat Oct 29, 2011 12:44 pm

alamonorth wrote:I just read this in a tv western reference book last night. " 'One Man's Hero'...John Riley...St. Patricks Brigade...this was a role John Wayne had once considered playing." Don't know how factual the info is, but it is intriquing.


Well, the resulting 1999 movie with Tom Berenger was rather slow and had a "made-for-TV" feel about it. While it was nice that they even approached the subject, it could've been handled a lot better. I don't know if Wayne would've embraced the role of Riley. He was a flag-waver, be it the Union, or Confederate States of America. Don't know if he would've been too keen on portraying someone who fought against America, though.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby NefariousNed on Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:16 am

The 1999 film One Man's Hero tells the story of the San Patricios, an Irish battalion composed of Texas settlers
and US Army deserters who fought for Mexico during the US war of invasion in the late 1840s. Tom Berrenger
stars as John Riley who led the battalion. This clip shows a battle in a very Alamoesque fort. You can see the entire
film on Youtube in 12 parts if you don't mind it all being in Spanish.

CLICK HERE: http://youtu.be/AY1z15qxu-8
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Wed Mar 14, 2012 3:49 am

Nefarious wrote:The 1999 film One Man's Hero tells the story of the San Patricios, an Irish battalion composed of Texas settlers
and US Army deserters who fought for Mexico during the US war of invasion in the late 1840s. Tom Berrenger
stars as John Riley who led the battalion. This clip shows a battle in a very Alamoesque fort. You can see the entire
film on Youtube in 12 parts if you don't mind it all being in Spanish.

CLICK HERE: http://youtu.be/AY1z15qxu-8


I got the DVD several years ago. The San Patricios were quite a hard fighting Irish Unit. Don Troiani illustrated an article on them that even included the hanging outside the Castle of Chapultepec...I have attached his painting of their final battle at Churubusco on 20 August 1847...and also the two sides of their flag...

Remember..."Fighting Irish" is redundant.....



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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Sun Feb 03, 2013 4:03 am

Mexican canteen....
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:14 pm

Of interest…

The Old Rough and Ready Almanac, 1849, with Graphic Accounts, and Spirited Engravings of the Late Battles. 6" x 7.5", published in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1849. The almanac has a total of 36 pages. The almanac contains numerous engravings and articles about the people and events of the Mexican War, including the death of captain Walker (namesake of the Walker Colt Revolve), the capture of Santa Anna’s leg and one narrating how thirty-eight Texas Rangers captured General Gabriel Valencia.

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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:16 pm

2 of 3


i still love the Walker Colt...
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:18 pm

3 of 3

Plate of 'Chicken' by the leg?????
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:48 pm

Of interest...

Images 1 and 2…
Mexican Soldier's Belt Buckle. Brass, circa 1846. Circular buckle measures approximately 2.5" x 1.75" and features a deep relief of the Mexican coat of arms, an eagle standing on a cactus, wings spread with a snake in its mouth. Based on a French design of the same period, this particular example would have been attached on one end of a belt. At the opposite end, a second buckle (an exact mirror image) would have been attached, the two being connected with an "S" shaped, snake buckle through a small ring. The ring of this particular piece has been broken off.

Image 3…
Texas Mounted Volunteer Sash Buckle, Circa 1846. 2.5" x 2", two piece interlocking tongue-and-wreath.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:41 pm

Of interest…

1. Model 1843 Hall Carbine - This gun has a 21 inch round rifled barrel.

2. Dated 1823 R. Johnson Common Rifle. These .52 Caliber Model 1817 U.S. Rifles were called the “common rifle” to distinguish it from the Hall patterns being made at the same time.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Mon May 12, 2014 4:39 pm

Of interest...

"American Volunteer Infantry standing along a street in Saltillo, Mexico," c. 1847. Two images (with details) of American soldiers posing in a Saltillo street during the Mexican-American War....and in the second post an image purported to be that of the young subaltern Thomas Jackson....

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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Thu Jul 24, 2014 3:34 pm

Of interest...

A picture for Mom...
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:09 pm

Of interest...

Circa 1847.....Militia....
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby NefariousNed on Thu Jul 31, 2014 4:22 pm

Looking at all these photos/daguerrotypes... did they just have lousy barbers in those days, or did most folks just do it themselves with a dull knife?
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Thu Jul 31, 2014 5:10 pm

NefariousNed wrote:Looking at all these photos/daguerrotypes... did they just have lousy barbers in those days, or did most folks just do it themselves with a dull knife?


It wuz considered...'Stylish'....
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby MartyB on Sat Aug 02, 2014 1:49 pm

Tennessee in the Mexican War…

First..Captain John Wilkins Whitfield (1818-1879)
Whitfield was born in Franklin, Williamson County, and fought with the First Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. This
is believed to show Captain Whitfield in his Mexican War uniform.

And…can you believe this…Santa Anna's wine chest...Santa Anna’s wine chest was captured by Tennessee troops
at the Battle of Cerro Gordo in April 1847. The leather wine chest is on display at the Tennessee State Museum.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby NefariousNed on Fri Apr 10, 2015 2:21 pm

The bombardment of Vera Cruz from that 1857 school history of the US by Quackenbos I just acquired. Like the illustration of Davy Crockett at
the Alamo in the "Alamo Art" thread, I wonder if any of the illustrations from this book have ever been published since?
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby RLC-GTT on Fri Apr 10, 2015 3:49 pm

It has some iconic basis in reality. That is the fort San Juan de Ulloa on the left. It sat in Vera Cruz Harbor and was a key issue in the war.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby NefariousNed on Tue Apr 14, 2015 3:15 pm

The US Army entering Mexico City, from the same 1857 textbook.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Nov 01, 2015 7:58 pm

The Bishop's Palace in Monterey, from a 1912 school history of Texas for 5th and 6th graders.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby NefariousNed on Tue Mar 14, 2017 4:39 pm

Click this link to my visit to the Palo Alto Battlefield: viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2029&start=0#p171606
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby NefariousNed on Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:15 pm

For those of you in the know about arms used during the 1840's US invasion of Mexico, were cap and ball muskets by then
standard issue for both armies? What about Colt revolver pistols for at least the US officers? And might some of the rank
and file soldiers and scouts also have armed themselves to the teeth with Colts? I certainly hope the Mexican army had
advanced themselves beyond antiquated flintlock Brown Besses and Baker rifles.

(I know that in the War Between the States, some Johnny Rebs even armed themselves wit their grandad's flintlock rifles,
but that is another war.)
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby warren on Mon Sep 11, 2017 4:08 pm

I haven't looked it up, but I would think that a lot of rifles on the US side were Harper's Ferry and Springfields, rifled and
modified from flintlock to percussions. Colts at that time I think were still fairly rare, even the Walker's, 1st, 2nd, and
3rd Model Dragons, in that they had limited production runs. I think Colt was fairly bankrupt at this time, but do recall
an 1847 model, and then a lot of good sales with the 1849 pocket Colt. Probably there were a lot of single shot percussion
horse pistols. As far as the Mexican Army, I don't know, but would guess they were still using Brown Bess Towers modified
to maybe rifling and percussion. Will try and check as it is an interesting question.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby Buckshot on Wed Sep 13, 2017 10:17 pm

On this day in 1847, U.S. soldiers and Marines stormed the heights of Chapultepec in one of the last major battles of the Mexican War. It was a bloody day that forged a bond among Americans there, many of whom would later participate in the first "BLM" movement known as our Civil War.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby RLC-GTT on Thu Sep 14, 2017 4:09 am

Here is a Google Earth 3D image of Chapultepec today in Mexico City. It is a huge museum and is where the New Orleans Greys flag is kept.
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Re: The US Mexican War 1846-48

Postby warren on Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:32 pm

Thanks for that picture. Its the first time I've seen a full size modern picture of the castle. Never have been, but it must be an interesting place to explore.

By the way, what is that ugly brown building (if it is a building) on the far right of the picture?
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