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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

Adelbert Ames

Adelbert Ames
(Library Of Congress)

Just weeks after the bombardment of Fort Sumter, Adelbert Ames graduated from West Point and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. After finding success as an artillery officer, Ames switched to the infantry, served as the aide-de-camp for Gen. George Meade, and led a division during Gettysburg. After the war, he was appointed provisional governor of Mississippi, and even though he was labeled a "carpetbagger," he was elected to be a U.S. senator and later, again governor.

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