Dracula or Nosferatu or Vlad Tepes or Vlad the Impaler
Not sure about the first clues, which seem to refer to
The don't tread on me snake on the flag from the American Revolutionary war, which might imply the general is General 'Wash'ington from the 'clean' reference. The link between a snake and Dracula seems to come through Harry Potter, as 'Voldemort' is an adaptation of Vladimir or Waldemar (all meaning 'ruler'), and Voldemort is a snake in the Harry Potter series.
The blinded and hung seem to refer to
and prince could refer to
Prince of Wallachia
and Poe could be a reference to
the horror genre.
Hint 1 could refer to
Wolfman or the line from Stoker, 'Listen to them, the children of the night. What music they make!'