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The "San-Patricios", "Los Colorados", San Patricio Company

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[Batallón de San Patricio flag (side A)] [Reverse side of the Batallón de San Patricio flag]

by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, March 14, 2002

The Batallón de San Patricio: Historical background

The San Patrcio Battalion, also known as Irish Volunteers, "Los Colorado's" (because of the disproportionate number of red-headed soldiers): San Patricia Guards; San Patricio Company; Foreign Legion; Legion of strangers and other designations, was mainly made of immagrants to America (some of them US-Army desserters) that fought on the Mexican side in the Mexican/American War).
Sherrie Goff January 17, 2000.

The Batallón de San Patricio: One flag, several versions

Here there are four versions about the San-Patricios' flag.

Sherrie Goff January 22, 2000.

I have seen various reconstructions of this flag on television and in print but no two of them were the same. One history of the Batallón de San Patricios is that by Michael F.X. Hogan entitled 'The Irish Soldiers of Mexico' (Guadalajara, 1997). I have not read the book, but in an article by the same author in the magazine 'History Ireland' in 1997 he wrote as follows:

The exact appearance of the flag may remain a matter of speculation.

Vincent Morley, April 30, 2002.

To talk about another version of such Batallion's flag is that used in the movie "One Man's Hero (Batallón de San Patricio)" (1999) stared by Mexican singer and actress Daniela Romo, Tom Berenger (Sean O'Reilly), and Joaquim de Almeida; Directed by Lance Hool, and Produced by Tom Berenger, Conrad Hool and Lance Hool.
Here, the flag of the historic "Batallón" is green, proportioned aprox. 1:2, the reverse side is plain green, while the anverse side bears an expanded eagle, a golden harp, a shamrock, and two scrolls (one of them taken by the eagle [?]). On one scroll is written: "Batallon de San Patricio", while the other in unreadable. I could not see any Saint Patrick's depiction.

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán April 30, 2002.

There is another version on the Batallón de San Patricio's flag:

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán May 01, 2002.

Three flags for the Batallón de San Patricio?

We have just been asked to replicate this flag, an in order to do so we have contacted Robert Ryal Miller the author of the already mentioned Shamrock and Sword. Professor Miller has indicated that the unit must have had at least three flags.

James J. Ferrigan III, February 8, 2000.   Red dog casino