What is the name of the military academy that Edgar Allan Poe attended?
The father of the modern horror short story as well as modern detective short fiction, Edgar Allan Poe attended the West Point Military Academy for a short time after previously serving in the United States Army. After living in England for a while as a child (where he attended Manor House School near London), Poe attended school in the U.S. before enrolling at the University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.) in 1826. He stayed for less than a year before moving to Boston and then enlisting in the U.S. Army. Poe was honorably discharged at the rank of sergeant-major in 1829. Later that year, Poe enrolled at West Point, but he was court-martialed and dismissed from the academy after less than a year. The causes of his dismissal have long been debated.
Most biographers agree that Poe deliberately provoked his discharge because he had tired of West Point. Others suggest that he could not stay because John Allan refused to pay Poe’s bills any longer, although he would not permit Poe to resign.
Poe spent most of the remainder of his life in Baltimore (also living in Richmond and Philadelphia), where he died in 1849.