Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Facial Hair of the Civil War

During the summer of 2008 I engaged in some facial hair tomfoolery, growing full-cheek sideburns connected by a mustache in an attempt to emulate Civil War general Ambrose Burnside (pictured).

The Smithsonian Institution has gathered a collection of Civil War facial hair styles, Burnside's included. Readers are invited to vote for their favorite.

1 comment:

Lord John Whorfin said...

Funny! I don't recall seeing you in that state that summer.

My great-great-grandfather and his brother were living in Kansas (Leavenworth, I think) just before the Civil War. His brother served in a Kansas unit that saw some local action, but I think my ancestor was in California by then.

But we have a photograph of him and his mustaches and beard look exactly like that of Matthew Broderick (Robert Gould Shaw) in Glory.

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