Most impressive sideburns of the Civil War for Ambrose Burnside’s birthday [SLIDESHOW]

Civil War general Ambrose Burnside was known for many things. He kinda screwed up Antietam. He didn’t do so hot at Fredericksburg. He arrested anyone who spoke any opposition to the war. But just look at that facial hair.

Burnside’s facial hair was so distinctive that the sideburn was named after him. To celebrate his birthday, May 23, here are some of the most profound sideburns, and assorted facial hair artwork, sported by generals of the Union army.



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  • Ambrose Everett Burnside was known for his distinctive facial hair. So much so that the term "sideburns" came from his last name.
  • Alpheus S. Williams was Connecticut native and brigadier general for the union, but his arguably most important achievement was growing facial hair so impressive, he was elected to be a congressman for Michigan.
  • Francis J. Herron was promoted to major general while fighting for the union and ended up being a tax collector for New Orleans. It's unclear as to whether he had to file separate forms for his sideburns.
  • Samuel Sprigg Carroll was a brigadier general from Maryland. He is best known for the time his sideburns singlehandedly defended Cemetery Hill in the battle of Gettysburg.
  • John G. Foster was a major general from New Hampshire who was an expert in underwater demolition. But you already knew that from the 'burns.
  • Absalom Baird was a brigadier general that was career military. No details matter except his facial hair was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor.
  • This handsome devil is Edward Burd Grubb Jr. He started as a brigadier general in the war, but was appointed Ambassador to Spain afterwards, because who could say no to that impressive beard formation?
  • George W. Morgan served as Ambassador to Portugal after being a Brigadier General in the war. Even after he went white, the facial flow remained strong.
  • Samuel W. Crawford didn't do much after being the hero of Little Round Top, but he and his mutton chops retired comfortable on his laurels.

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