Enlistment Papers for Edgar A. Perry [Poe], 05/26/1827
Item from Records of the Adjutant General’s Office. (03/04/1907 - 09/18/1947)
Poe joined the Army at age 18 in Boston. He used a false name, Edgar Perry, and a false age, 22 years old. Poe is described in the document as being 5 feet 8 inches tall with brown hair and gray eyes. Poe succeeded in the military and was promoted to the highest rank for an enlisted man but decided to leave the Army short of his full enlistment. He left the Army on April 15, 1829.