Bio Originally Created by: Sandy FIND A GRAVE ID #46780931 Added: 26 May 2005:
Middleton Belt. Died from wounds he got in Battle of New Orleans, War of 1812. Left wife Rebecca Gibson and three young sons, Jeremiah, Dotson and William Belt. William and Dotson moved into Ark by the 1840's and spread many Belt's in Ark, Okla, and Tx. Middleton decended from Humphrey Belt, who arived in Jamestown Va. in 1635.
Andrew JACKSON & The Cowes Of The American Empire.
1767-1821 By Robert V. Remini
NOTE: Middleton Belt's trip to New Orleans and the Battle.
They took (He and other soldiers) a flat boats from Nashville TN, down the Mississippi to Baton Rouge, marched to New Orleans by December 26, 1815. They went to Rodriguez Canal to dig out and fortify mud ramparts behind the canals. NOTE: Middleton had already died December 4, 1815, so he did not take part of this portion of the war. They set the cannons on top of cotton bales to keep them from sinking in the mud after firing. They lined the men up in a line along the canal had them count off by 1-2-3 so that #1 would fire their rifles and step back to reload while #2 stepped up to fire Etc., It was a wall of fire that the British were walking into Jackson had the Band play Yankee Doodle during the entire battle. Middleton Belt, was in General Carrols group. All the wounded were carried to a barrack. Jackson did not release his troops until 1815. The battle was fought on a sugar cane field the canes had been cut so, the stalks were 6-7" high. The British tied the stalks, placed them in front of them and were going to use them to fill the canal. Their ladders to go up the rampart and across the canal never arrived 2000 British soldiers died in less than 2 hours. This battle was fought January 8, 1815.∼Middleton was the father of William Belt and came from Wilson, Tnn.
He is not buried here in Belt Cemetery,his grave was in N.O.La.He died there after being wounded in battle of N.O.(1815)long before Belt Cemetery came into being, his grave site was lost. The stone for him was put there in the 1980's by two Calif. cousins as a memorial.
(Info. given by Jack Gray)
Middleton Belt (11038949) Suggested edit Contributor: Marilyn Roth (47192882) (8/5/2020): The timeline is incorrect. Andrew Jackson arrived in New Orleans about 1 Dec. 1814. The most important battle was on 8 Jan. 1815. +++++++(which is stated in the bio)
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