March 6, 1831 — Edgar Allen Poe was officially kicked out of the United States Military Academy at West Point today.
There were whispers that Poe actually wanted to be expelled, for he reported to the morning drill with only his belt on.
In turn, he was charged with gross neglect of duty and disobedience of orders. A court-martial convened finding the defendant guilty of these charges and “adjudg[ed] that the Cadet E. A. Poe be dismissed.”
Curiously, Poe had accumulated an impressive record at West Point. A weekly class report had ranked him among the best students in mathematics and French.
Words of Wisdom for March 6, 2017
“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.”
“The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?”
Edgar Allan Poe (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849) was an American writer, editor, and literary critic. In 1835, Poe, then 26, married his 13-year-old cousin, Virginia Clemm. They were married for eleven years until her early death, which may have inspired some of his writing.