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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

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Benjamin Alvord

Brig. Gen Benjamin Alvord
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Brig. Gen Benjamin Alvord was the rare West Point graduate with a talent for math. Much of his Army career was spent out West; during the Civil War he oversaw the District of Oregon, where he built up defenses along the Columbia River. Alvord became known after the war as an expert in mathematics.

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