Sgt. John Riley

Against the Mexican & American War

San Patricio Battalion, Former U.S Army.

I am originally from a small town in Ireland. I came to the U.S and joined the army. I became a drill master at west point. There I trained men to be soliders. Now the Americans consider me a deserter and traitor. Thats not how I see it. I was sent to invade Mexico with the Army. The U.S had no right to be there. It reminded me of the British taking over Ireland. The Mexicans were treated very badly and cruelly. The Mexicans encouraged me to leave the U.S army and to join theirs. That is what I did.