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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

Unidentified Soldier

Unidentified Soldier
(Library Of Congress)

This unidentified soldier's facial hair wouldn't pass muster in today's military. There are strict guidelines that require men to be clean shaven; sideburns may not extend beyond the ears and mustaches must be neatly groomed and stay within the corners of the mouth.

Love his beard? Vote for this facial hair!

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