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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

Ambrose Burnside

Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside
(Library Of Congress)

As the only person in this competition who has a style of facial hair named after him, Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside was a logical choice for this poll. Burnside organized an infantry corps out of Rhode Island and was among the first in Washington, D.C. to protect the capital. In 1862, he was named commander of the Army of the Potomac, but his failure at the Battle of Fredericksburg caused him to turn over control to Gen. Joseph Hooker. Burnside had varied successes (Siege of Knoxville) and defeats (Siege of Petersburg.) He resigned his commission in April 1865.

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