Lead:  During the Mexican War, one of the most effective fighting units in the Mexican Army was a company of American deserters, the San Patricios.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: John O'Reilly was a great embarrassment to the United States Army during a war that was not universally popular on the home front. In December, 1845 the United States annexed Texas and troops under General Zachary Taylor moved into disputed territory near the Rio Grande.

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