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Oliver Otis Howard’s simple beard runs in stark contrast to the eccentricities of his peers in the Union high command.

Howard could be called a true believer. Commanding the XI Corp in the Army of the Potomac, it was Howard who was first hit by Jackson’s legendary flanking maneuver at Chancellorsville. Howard also played a crucial role defending Cemetary Hill at Gettysburg before moving to the Western theater for the remainder of the war. Howard was a devout Evangelical. He lost an arm at the Seven Pines, and led an illustrative postbellum career which included the foundation of Howard University.