Feb. 1, 1868 Templin Uckermärker Landkreis Brandenburg, Germany
Aug. 2, 1890 Santa Fe Santa Fe County New Mexico, USA
Rev 21 March 2015 by Bill Weishaupt
Carl Friedrich Adolph Belz II was born Feb 1, 1868 in Berlin, Brandenburg, Preußen, Germany.
Adolph Belz, with his family, emigrates April 9, 1881.
Adolph enlists in the US Army, Oct 13, 1888 at Ft Bayard New Mexico. He is a carpenter and claims to be age 21 and born in Detroit, Michigan. He stands 5 foot 6 inches with brown eyes.
Pvt Adolph Belz was stationed at Ft Stanton, New Mexico and became an Indian fighter in the late 1880s. Indian activity increased in the 1880’s during the Chiricahua (Victoria and Geronimo) campaigns. There were also more disturbances among the Mescaleros. Ft Stanton history in the 1880s also included the gun battle between Billy the Kid and Sheriff Pat Garrett. Fort Stanton is also one of those names mentioned in regards to Kit Carson and General "Black Jack" Pershing. By the 1890’s, the Apache threats had receded and the Army’s need for the Fort disappeared and it was closed.
Pvt. Adolph Belz dies Aug 2, 1890; Company B, 10th Regiment, US Infantry. In the register of Enlistments, it is recorded he died Aug 2, 1890. He was accidentally wounded in the forehead by friendly fire during a picket fire exchange at Ft Stanton, NM. He was buried there on August 5th.
Definition of Picket - An advance outpost or guard for a large force was called a picket. Ordered to form a scattered line far in advance of the main army's encampment, but within supporting distance, a picket guard was made up of a lieutenant, 2 sergeants, 4 corporals, and 40 privates from each regiment. Picket duty constituted the most hazardous work of infantrymen in the field. Being the first to feel any major enemy movement, they were also the first liable to be killed, wounded, or captured. And he most likely targets of snipers. Picket duty, by regulation, was rotated regularly in a regiment.
Buried originally at Ft Stanton, New Mexico, Aug 5, 1890 - Section I, grave 62.
On Oct 25, 1890, mother Therese Belz in Ohio, applies for son Adolph's pension.
In June, 1896, Adolph is reburied second at National Cemetery, 501 North Guadalupe Street P. O. Box 88 Santa Fe, Santa Fe County, New Mexico 87501 - Section B, grave 582. (bio by: Bill Weishaupt)