[SAN PATRICIOS]. MCENIRY, Blanche Marie (Sister). American Catholics in the War with Mexico. Washington: The Catholic University of America, 1937. [i-vi] vii-xi [1, blank], 1-178 pp. 8vo (22.4 x 15 cm), original printed wrappers. Except for slight discoloration of spine, pristine. Both this edition and the revised of the same year are very rare in commerce. This is the original doctoral dissertation.
First edition. Connor & Faulk 337: “Primarily interesting for its objective analysis of the attitude towards Catholics in the army.” Tutorow 4312.
“Examines the attitude of the Catholic press toward the war, the activity of Bishop Hughes, Catholic chaplains, the San Patricio Battalion, Catholics in the American Army, and the attitude of the government and the army toward the Catholic religion. Concludes that American Catholics in the war bore their share of the struggle courageously and resolutely. Rejects entirely the thesis that American Catholics thought it sinful to fight against their coreligionists. Both the United States and Mexico made use of the religious issue to win support for their respective causes” (Tutorow).
One of the few publications to put the San Patricio Battalion into the larger overall context of the war and national sentiments. Appendix C is a list of the battalion members captured at Churubusco. A standard work in its field.
The author (1905-2001) was a Catholic nun who wrote several historical works.