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With the U.S. annexation of Texas in 1846, tensions with Mexico had reached a critical point. At the same time, many Irish Catholics were immigrating to America in the wake of famine and unrest in Ireland.

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The enlisted barracks always reminded me of what fraternities would be like if they weren’t affiliated with a college. The drinking often starts at the smoke pit as soon as you’re cut loose from work and usually ends with a few stragglers arguing over who gets the last beer, with one guy randomly falling over because he fell asleep standing up.

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