Who Had the Best Civil War Facial Hair?

While the military these days makes men shave, it used be (in a time before gas masks) that the men of war grew ample and manly facial hair. Who had the best battlefield beards? The Smithsonian Institute has got a survey up, so you can weigh in on who had the best facial hair during the War Between the States. Will the Yankees triumph again or will the Confederates win this showdown?

Hat tip to Colton Wilson@Boyhood Restored for this link.

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Johnnie at GentlemanREDUX June 1, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Haha – Team Thomas O. Selfridge, Jr. Good find and thanks for sharing to both you & Colton.

CoffeeZombie June 2, 2011 at 9:21 am

I may be a Southern boy, but I must admit, I have long admired the Yankee General Ambrose Burnside’s chops. Sadly, my wife will not allow me to adopt that look, so I am stuck with just a full beard.

Lee Lewis June 4, 2011 at 12:42 am

GEN Robert E. Lee. The grizzled white of his hair and the soft yet hardened facial featured always made me thin of him as a grandfatherly type and he did care for his men.

Bill June 5, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Definitly Ambrose Burnside. Hands down.

roadbelow June 6, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Simply can not beat Burnside….period. Just take a look at those things. They’re awesome!!

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