Charlottesville, Virginia, Edgar Allan Poe, Fort Monroe

Edgar Allan Poe’s Brief Tenure At The University Of Virginia

On Saint Valentine’s Day, in 1826, Edgar Allan Poe registered to attend undergraduate classes, in Ancient and Modern Languages, at the University of Virginia. As a student he wrote the short story, “A Tale Of The Ragged Mountains”, which was about his prospective of the Blue Ridge Mountains surrounding Charlottesville. John Allan, his adoptive father, refused to pay any of the debts that Edgar Allan Poe accumulated while pursuing higher education. Therefore, Edgar Allan Poe dropped out of the prestigious school, after a single semester, due to not having the funds to continue his enrollment.

Author’s Note:

A mere two years after Edgar Allen Poe dropped out of the University of Virginia, he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed at Fort Monroe, a military installation named after President James Monroe.

Fort Monroe, Napoleon Bonaparte

In 1819 Napoléon Bonaparte’s Aide General Simon Bernard Was The Chief Engineer For The Construction Of Fort Monroe In Virginia

Édouard Baille’s painting of French General Simon Bernard.

In 1819, after the United States Congress approved the construction of a set of coastal forts, General Simon Bernard was named the Chief Engineer for Fort Monroe. General Simon Bernard was an aid to Napoléon Bonaparte, a French military leader who was siding with the United States after the conclusion of the War of 1812.

Fort Monroe, Point Comfort, Virginia

Point Comfort, Virginia – The Site Of The First African Americans In English North American Territory

Four hundred years ago, in 1619, the first ever African Americans were brought, against their will, into English North American territory. The African American slaves were taken from Africa into Point Comfort, Virginia with a Dutch ship.

In the 1600s, enslaved African Americans were also in southern North America within the Spanish owned Mexican territory.

Author’s Note:

The site of Point Comfort is the site of present day Fort Monroe. An historical marker marks the landing site within the fort grounds.

Fort Monroe, Hampton National Cemetery, Oberleutnant Eberhard Greger, U-Boat

German U-Boats Along The Eastern Coast Of The United States

During World War II, there were a multitude of German U-Boats along the eastern coast of the United States of America.

The British had broken the German cryptic codes, yet the United States military failed to act on initial discoveries of German plans to attack the eastern coast with U-Boats.

U-85 Commander Oberleutnant Eberhard Greger.

After the first attacks, on commercial boats in Virginia Beach and other locations, the United States began to defend its coasts more in anticipation of the U-boats. On April 14, 1942 a destroyer off of the Outer Banks downed a U-85 with depth charges and killed all the Germans that their commander Oberleutnant Eberhard Greger had ordered to escape. German prisoners of war from Fort Monroe were ordered to secretly bury the 28 deceased prisoners from U-85 at the Hampton National Cemetery at nighttime. A total of 55 Germans are buried at the Hampton National Cemetery.

Graves of the Germans killed form the sinking of U-85 in 1942.