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2LT Robert F. Massie

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2LT Robert F. Massie

Birth
Virginia, USA
Death 25 Dec 1817
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Devens, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Plot SECTION 3 SITE 162 {Veterans Affairs Records} Moved from Ft Independence
Memorial ID 63845919 View Source
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From Heitman's "Historical Register of the United States Army of the United States Army, From..." Volume 1
Page 696
From VA
3 Lt Lt Art{illery} 2 July 1814
2 Lt Lt Art{Illery} 31 August 1814
Killed 25 Dec 1817 in a duel

2nd Lt Light Artillery
Killed in a duel with a Lieutenant Gustavus Drane
At Fort Independence, Castle Island Boston and was buried outside the West Battery of Ft Independence.

Supposedly Edgar Allan Poe heard a folklore legend that Drane was sealed alive inside Ft Independence and was inspired to write "The Cask of Amontillado". This legendary revenge was even repeated by New England storyteller Edward Rowe Stowe. However this report that Poe was inspired to write "The Cask of Amontillado" from this story has been debunked and remains apocryphal.

In fact Drane was breveted a Captain of the 2nd Artillery on November 15, 1827 {US Army Register 1846 .p.29} and died in
1846 In Philadelphia




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  • Added: 7 Jan 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 63845919
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/63845919/robert-f.-massie : accessed ), memorial page for 2LT Robert F. Massie (unknown–25 Dec 1817), Find a Grave Memorial ID 63845919, citing Fort Devens Post Cemetery, Devens, Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA ; Maintained by 47117651 (contributor 47117651) .