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BELTON, Francis S., soldier, born in Maryland about 1790; died in Brooklyn, New York, 10 September 1861. He was appointed 2d lieutenant in the United States army, 27 March 1812, and became 1st lieutenant in 1813, regimental paymaster, 20 June 1813, and subsequently aide to General Gaines, distinguishing himself in the defense of Fort Erie. He was appointed assistant adjutant-general in 1814, and assistant inspector-general in May 1816; became a captain in July 1817 ; major, 16 September 1838, and Lieutenant-Colonel, 13 October 1845. In the war with Mexico he commanded a regiment and distinguished himself at the capture of the city of Mexico. For gallantry at Contreras and Churubusco he was brevetted colonel. He was commissioned colonel in June 1857, and retired in September 1861.
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