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Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside (Library of Congress)

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

Samuel Sprigs Carroll

Samuel Sprigs Carroll
(Library Of Congress)

Only a captain at the start of the war, Samuel Sprigs Carroll was a brigadier general by 1864 due to his valor in the Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He was often wounded during fighting; after the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, his left arm was amputated. After he recovered, he still continued to command a division in the Army of the Shenandoah and serve in the Army after the war.

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