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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

Alexander Shaler

Gen. Alexander Shaler
(Library Of Congress)

Gen. Alexander Shaler was awarded the U.S. Army's highest honor for his valor in the Second Battle of Fredericksburg. He also fought at Gettysburg and Wilderness, where he was captured and later returned to the Union side in a prisoner exchange.

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