Photos: The Best Facial Hair in the Civil War
Browse through these portraits of officers with great facial hair and then vote for your favorite
- By Jeff Campagna and Brian Wolly
- Smithsonian.com, April 29, 2011
(Library Of Congress)
Prior to the war, Maj. Gen Hiram Berdan invented the Berdan rifle, patented a type of musket ball and was considered an expert marksman. The Union Army recruited the military innovator to create a sharpshooter corps, a special forces group dressed in green that battled at Gettysburg, Shepherdstown and elsewhere.
Does this officer have the chops? Vote for this facial hair!