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
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?