Edgar Allan Poe died October 7, 1849. It is still unknown how. Theories include: murder, cholera, laudanum, rabies, and suicide.
He had a small three-minute funeral in the back of the Westminster Hall in Baltimore, Maryland. The reverend decided against giving a sermon because the crowd was so small. Poe was buried in a cheap casket without a cushion.
He had no headstone to mark this first plot. This is because the white Italian marble headstone his cousin bought for him was destroyed before it ever made it to the grave. The yard the headstone was kept in was demolished by a derailed train.
Poe was reburied on October 1, 1875. The gravediggers exhumed the wrong body before finding Poe.
Walt Whitman was the only well-known poet to attend the reburial.
The bones of Edgar’s wife, Virginia Clemm Poe, eventually joined him in his new digs. By 1875, the cemetery she was buried in was completely destroyed. A man (a biographer of Poe) stole her bones and kept her bones in a box beneath his bed for about a decade until they were joined with those of her husband.
“There is no beauty without some strangeness.” – Edgar Allan Poe