Poe, Edgar Allan

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Edgar Allan Poe (poet)
(AKA - Edgar Allan Perry)
b. 1809 – d.
US Army, 1827-1829 

On May 26, 1827,  already a published poet ,and finding himself in serious debt and poverty,  Edgar Allan Poe, enlisted in the United States Army as Edgar A. Perry at the age of 18, lying on the application stating that he was 22. Poe must have been an exemplary soldier for he was promoted sergeant-major on the 1st of January 1829. 

In 1830, after serving two years, he applied to West Point Military Academy with the support of his commanding officer and foster father. He was court martialed out of school after only eight months in January 1831 for missing drills, parades, classes and church.  Although his time was short, his legend was long-lasting. 

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