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MENNA BARRETO, Joao Propieio (men'-nah-bar-ray'-to), Brazilian soldier, born in Rio Janeiro in 1809; died in S. Gabriel, 9 February, 1867. He was entered as a cadet in the 1st regiment of the line, 27 July, 1820, and soon was promoted major. During the rebellion in the city of Rio Janeiro in April, 1832, Major Menna did good service. Iie was afterward appointed commander of the regiment " Municipal Permanente." In 1835, as commandant of the "Guarda National," he served in Rio Grande do Sul in suppressing a revolution, and on 30 September, 1846, he was promoted colonel. He became brigadier, 14 March, 1855, general, 2 December, 1856, and marshal, 2 March, 1864. In the latter year he was appointed to lead an expedition against Montevideo, and he captured Paysandu on 2 January, 1865. He received many decorations at different times. In 1866 he was appointed to command the forces in S. Gabriel, but, being in poor health, he resigned, and died soon afterward.
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