THE SOLDIER AUTHOR
THE MASTER OF ADVENTURE II
Adapted from a PowerPoint presentation given
by Mr. Bohnett at Madonna University in 2003
GENERAL CHARLES KING
Enters United State Military Academy
Becomes staff member after graduation
Joins military and participates in Indian Wars out west (1st Lieutenant,
Begins writing career (1880, age 36)
Joins Wisconsin National Guard
EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
Enters Michigan Military Academy
Becomes staff member after graduation*
Joins military and serves at Fort Grant, Arizona (Private, 7th Cavalry)
Begins writing career (1912, age 36)
Joins Illinois Reserves (later a war correspondent in WW2)
|ERB FROM MMA TO THE U.S. 7th
CAVALRY IN ARIZONA
April 24, 1917 Letter
“He (Burroughs) left the school one week before graduation
on account of ill health. Otherwise, he would now have a diploma from that
William H. Butts
University of Michigan
To Whom It May Concern
I recommend Mr. Edgar Rice Burroughs
as a member of the Officers' Reserve Corps.
Mr. Burroughs has all the qualifications
of a graduate of the Michigan Military Academy, Orchard Lake, Michigan.
He left the school one week before graduation on account of ill health.
Otherwise, he would now have a diploma from that institution. The school
has disbanded and for that reason it does not seem possible to give him
a diploma at this date. However, I can recommend him as fully equipped
and able to do entirely satisfactory work as an officer. He showed himself
very capable as a commissioned officer in the Academy.
I was Principal of this Academy
for fifteen years and am now Assistant Dean of the College of Engineering,
University of Michigan.
William H. Butts
University of Michigan
Location of Fort Grant, Arizona ~ The Quartermaster's Storehouse
The Quartermaster's Storehouse ~ Fort Grant Circa 1885
|KING AND BURROUGHS DEBUT AS
CAMPAIGNING WITH CROOK
Campaigning with Crook: The Fifth Cavalry in the Sioux War of 1876
Sentinel Company, 1880 by Captain Charles King
||A PRINCESS OF MARS
Under the Moons of Mars
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Written under the pseudonym of Normal Bean
All-Story Magazine, February 1912
A.C. McClurg, 1917
“”To Charles Thomas Scott,
with the regards of ‘Star’ and Charles King,
Blue Ribbon Winners, Officers’ Charge Class,
when their combined ages were 100 years. 1926.”
- Charles King
1926 Press Release
“Probably the most outstanding individual in this class and the one for
which it is reported the highest price has been paid, is the well known
saddle stallion, Brigadier Rex, owned by Edgar Rice Burroughs…
Rex will be set at liberty on the open range where he doubtless
with become a veritable king of the wild horses.”
|EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS AND THE
ERB Book Plate
“It was drawn some twenty years ago by my nephew, Studley Oldham Burroughs,
and represents Tarzan supporting Mars, with the two Martian moons above.
In the background are characters from some of my other stories; while at
Tarzan’s feet sits Kala, the she-ape which fostered him.
The crossed quill and saber are emblematic of my writing and my service
in the 7th Cavalry. In the four quarters of the field appear a Cavalry
boot, also emblematic of my Army service; the skull of a cow, for my days
as a cowpuncher; an automobile wheel, signifying my love of motoring; and
an open book.”
During his lifetime, Burroughs wrote over 70 books and numerous
short stories and articles. The author spent five formative years at the
academy, and the influence of the experience is clear in his writings.
“While going through the personal effects of my dear old Dad... I came
upon several books you had sent him... among his cherished possessions.
Right then I made up my mind... I would look up the pupil, old friend and
admirer of my Dad.”
- Rufus King, Commander, U.S. Navy
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