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Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside (Library of Congress)

Photos: The Best Facial Hair in the Civil War

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Winfield Scott Hancock

[Maj. Gen.] Winfield Scott Hancock
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"[Maj. Gen.] Winfield Scott Hancock is one of the handsomest men in the United States Army," wrote Regis de Trobiand in July 1864. The general, not to be confused with Winfield Scott, the hero of the Mexican-American War, was stationed in Los Angeles when the Civil War began. A veritable Zelig of the war, Hancock was a critical field general in the Battles of Williamsburg, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse. After the war, he served as commander of the Division of the Atlantic and ran for president as a Democrat in 1880, losing to James Garfield.

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