One hundred and fifty years ago today, Ambrose Powell Hill saved Lee’s right flank at Antietam with a daring counter-attack against fellow Amborse and fellow beard legend, Ambrose Burnside. Hill was known to don a fiery red shirt in battle to match his bold personality. He died one week before Lee’s surrender in 1865.
A clean-shaven John C. Breckinridge served as Vice President under James Buchanan in the 1850s. During the war, he led a brigade at Shiloh and Stones River, a division at Chickamauga, commanded in Louisiana and the Shenandoah valley, fought under Lee at Cold Harbor, and served as the Confederate Secretary of War in 1865. Remarkably, he still found time to sprout these lovely whiskers.
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. Continue reading
Known as “Old Baldy” to his friends, Ewell’s beard and head form a series of peaks and ridges similar to those of the battle lines at Gettysburg.
Richard Ewell fought fiercely under Stonewall Jackson in the Valley Campaign and lost a leg in the aftermath of Continue reading
James Ewell Brown Stuart sported a cape and ostrich-plumed hat to cultivate a brash image to match his battlefield actions. His beard may be the most understated thing about him.
As a Calvary commander under Lee, Stuart earned a series of dynamic successes in the War’s first half. Continue reading
Nathan G. Evans’ low-hanging beard once extended further up his checks but the fire of his eyes burnt most of it away.
Evans — Shanks to his friends — proved his worth at the Battle of Bull Run where his heroic command was key to the Confederate victory. His reputation as a Continue reading
John Bell Hood’s beard is a tasteful, sage-like number with a mustache that only comes from years of loving care. It is unknown how he maintained his beard-care routine after loosing an arm. His eyes are as deep as the wounds of the South, and when gazing into them, one need not ask about the war; his eyes tell the whole story.
Hood was a Kentucky-born Confederate who served under General Lee from the early days of the Peninsula campaign until Gettysburg. Continue reading