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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 ...

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Parke, John (07 April 1754–11 December 1789), soldier and poet, was born in Dover, Delaware, the son of Thomas Parke, a prosperous hatter and sheriff, and Ann (maiden name unknown). Parke was educated at Newark Academy and College in Delaware and later at the College of Philadelphia, receiving from the latter a bachelor of arts in 1771 and a master of arts in 1775. He read law for several years, then in August 1775 joined the Continental army, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel....

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Seeger, Alan (22 June 1888–04 July 1916), poet and soldier, was born in New York City, the son of Charles Louis Seeger, an importer-exporter, and Elsie Simmons Adams. Seeger’s childhood was spent on Staten Island. When the Seeger and Guernsey Company failed in 1900, Charles Seeger took his family to Mexico City where he had originally started in business. The beauty of Mexico City and the surrounding areas were later to have a great effect on Alan Seeger’s poetry. “An Ode to Antares” and his longest poem, “The Deserted Garden,” are full of memories of the Mexican countryside....