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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

University of Texas Arlington

Colonel Francis S. Belton Mexican War Letters:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Belton, Francis S. (Francis Smith).
Title: Colonel Francis S. Belton Mexican War Letters
Inclusive Dates: 1847-1854
Abstract: Colonel Francis S. Belton distinguished himself in the Battle of 1812 and at Contreras and Churubusco during the U.S. War with Mexico. Of the six letters in this collection, three were composed in 1847 during the Mexican War: an original letter written to Belton from his son W. J. Belton (May 29); and copies of two letters written by Belton to his wife and son from Tacubaya (August 26), and the National Palace (September 26). These last two letters have significant content about military operations in the area of Mexico City. Three additional letters in Belton’s own hand were addressed to his son from September to November, 1854, from Fort Trumbull [CT] and Fort Moultrie [SC]. In the September 1854 letter, Belton talked of his Catholic faith and expressed regret for the wartime desecration of a church and convent in Puebla, Mexico.
Identification: GA51
Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

Colonel Francis S. Belton distinguished himself in the Battle of 1812 and at Contreras and Churubusco during the U.S. War with Mexico.

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Scope and Contents

Of the six letters in this collection, three were composed in 1847 during the Mexican War: an original letter written to Belton from his son W. J. Belton (May 29); and copies of two letters written by Belton to his wife and son from Tacubaya, 4 miles west of Mexico (August 26), and later from the National Palace (September 26). These last two letters have significant content about military operations in the area of Mexico City. Three additional letters in Belton’s own hand were addressed to his son from September to November, 1854, from Fort Trumbull [CT] and Fort Moultrie [SC]. In the September 1854 letter, Belton talked of his Catholic faith and expressed regret for the wartime desecration of a church and convent in Puebla, Mexico.

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Organization

The letters are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Belton, Francis S. (Francis Smith)--Archives.
Belton, W. J.
Subjects
Mexican War, 1846-1848--Personal narratives, American.
Mexico City, Battle of, Mexico City, Mexico, 1847.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift/purchase from Michael Vinson, 2010.

Citation

Colonel Francis S. Belton Mexican War Letters,1847-1854, GA51, Special Collections, University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift/purchase, 2010.

Accessioned as number 2010-136.

Processing Information

Finding aid was prepared by Brenda S. McClurkin on August 17, 2011.

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