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Who Had the Best Civil War Facial Hair?

Browse these portraits of officers with great facial hair courtesy of the Library of Congress and then vote for your favorite

Hiram Berdan

Maj. Gen Hiram Berdan
(Library of Congress)

Prior to the war, Maj. Gen Hiram Berdan invented the Berdan rifle, patented a type of musket ball and was considered an expert marksman. The Union Army recruited the military innovator to create a sharpshooter corps, a special forces group dressed in green that battled at Gettysburg, Shepherdstown and elsewhere.

Does this officer have the chops? Vote for this facial hair!

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