Fashion trends come and go, but Civil War beards are forever.

 

  • We’ll start with a classic and a fan favorite––Maj. Gen. Ambrose Burnside. It takes a lot of confidence to rock that look AND nearly ruin the Army of the Potomac. (Library of Congress)
  • There’s nothing “little” about Maj. Gen. Carter Littlepage Stevenson’s sideburns. I’m sorry, it was right there. (Library of Congress)
  • Whatever Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield is lacking on the top, he more than makes up for on the bottom. (Library of Congress)
  • Who doesn’t want to grow and cultivate facial hair that resembles a dagger? Col. Percy Wyndham sure didn’t shy away from hair that could have alternatively been used as a weapon. (National Archives)
  • Gen. George Crook’s look can only be described as “fork in the road” chic. (Library of Congress)
  • Maj. Gen. Christopher C. Augur is the poor man’s Crook. (Library of Congress)
  • Brvt. Maj. Gen. John Haskell King may or may not have been the most confidant man in the world. (Library of Congress)
  • The salty sea air was key to creating then-LCDR Stephen Luce’s naturally tousled beachy waves. (Library of Congress)