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Barnitz, Albert Trorillo Siders (10 March 1835–18 July 1912), poet and soldier, was born at Bloody Run, Bedford County, Pennsylvania. The names of his parents are not known. His father, a physician, died when Albert was thirteen, and the boy devoted himself to caring for his mother and siblings. Reading widely and deeply in literature, he became a self-taught poet of modest local reputation. His formal education consisted of a year at Kenyon College in 1851 and two years, 1858 to 1859, of intermittent study at the Cleveland Law College. His first marriage, to Eva Prouty in 1859, ended with her death in childbirth a year later....

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Kilmer, Joyce (06 December 1886–30 July 1918), poet and soldier, was born Alfred Joyce Kilmer in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the son of Frederick Barnett Kilmer, a professional chemist, and Annie Ellene Kilburn, a writer and composer. Joyce Kilmer studied at Rutgers College from 1904 to 1906 and then at Columbia University. Two weeks after graduating from Columbia with an A.B. in June 1908, he married Aline Murray, a competent poet and the stepdaughter of ...