Lafayette McLaws had a great big bushy beard.
Born in Georgia, McLaws rose to divisional command under James Longstreet in the Army of Northern Virginia. In many ways, McLaws’ service mirrored that of Longstreet’s. He excelled in defensive situations like at Battle of Fredericksburg, but was considered overly cautious on the offensive such as his command at Chancellorsville. After taking part in the failed assault on the second day of Gettysburg at the Wheatfield and Peach Orchard, McLaws journeyed to the Western Theater where he became embroiled in a petty court-martial opposite his former advocate, James Longstreet..