Edgar Poe was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809. Poe was the child of English-born actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe, Along with an elder brother, William Henry Leonard Poe, and a younger sister, Rosalie Poe. Edgar’s father abandoned him and his family in 1810. Devastatingly his mother died a year later from consumption (pulmonary tuberculosis). With no one to care for Poe, he was then taken into the home of John Allan, the Allan’s served as a foster family and gave him the name "Edgar Allan Poe", though they never formally adopted him
Poe may have become engaged to Sarah Elmira Royster before he registered at the one-year-old University of Virginia in February 1826 to study ancient and modern languages, founded by Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson had enacted a system of student self-government. The unique system was still in chaos, and thus there was a high dropout rate. Poe lost touch with Royster and also became estranged from his foster father over gambling debts. Poe claimed that Allan had not given him sufficient money to register for classes, purchase texts, and procure and furnish a dormitory. Allan did send additional money and clothes, but Poe's debts increased. Poe gave up on the university after a year, and, not feeling welcome in Richmond, especially when he learned that his sweetheart Royster had married Alexander Shelton.
Upon his drop out Poe enlisted in the United States Army as a private Edgar Allen Parry. After being stationed at Fort Independence in Boston Harbor he released his first book that same year, a 40-page collection of poetry, Tamerlane and Other Poems, attributed with the byline "by a Bostonian”. After serving for two years and attaining the rank of Sergeant Major for Artillery, the highest rank a noncommissioned officer can achieve, wanted to end his enlistment early. After his decision to end his enlistment Poe revealed his real name and his circumstances to his