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Edgar Allan Poe joined the army as a way to support himself due to an estranged relationship with the foster father who had financially supported him. He enlisted under the name Edgar A. Perry and was probably not legally old enough to enlist. Debate continues today as to Poe's enlistment to the army, his discharge from the army, and the circumstances which his life would be nevermore.............
Poe's foster father, John Allan, gave Poe an excellent education but was a tough taskmaster. When Poe acquired some debts, he and his foster father had a terrible argument and Poe left for Boston. He tried to earn money by selling a collection of his poems, but found he could not support himself. So, he joined the army under the assumed name of Edgar A.Perry. Two years later, with help of his foster father, he received a discharge from the army and enlisted in West Point. Poe thought that his previous army experience would allow him to get through West Point in record time but he was greatly disillusioned when he discovered it would take him four years to graduate. During this time, his foster mother died and John Allan remarried. The rift between the two men widened and eventually, Poe and Allan went their separate ways. Shortly thereafter, Poe was dismissed from the Academy.
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