After a stint as a revolutionary in 1848 Germany, Carl Schurz served as a forgettable Union General under Oliver O. Howard, Franz Sigel and others. He was also ambassador to Spain, Secretary of the Interior, the first German-born Senator in U.S. history, as well as the inventor of a method of attaching a fake beard to one’s head using the ends of old-timey glasses.
Marsena Patrick exhibited supreme organizational skill in his role as provost marshal and in maintaining his perfectly coiffed beard.
In October 1862, General McClellan assigned Patrick to the post of provost marshal general in the Army of the Potomac. He was tasked with a wide array of responsibilities including Continue reading
Lew Wallace’s beard is as illustrative and multi-pointed as his Postbellum career.
As a General in the Union Army, Wallace fought under Grant at Forts Henry and Donelson. Following a controversial command at Shiloh, he was reassigned to the garrison at Washington, D.C where he Continue reading
The thin wisps at the extremity of Alpheus Starkey Williams’ mustache are not unlike the thinly spread lines along the extreme right flank of the Union Army at Gettysburg.
Williams spent much of the war in the Army of the Potomac culminating in his gallant defense of Culp’s Hill Continue reading
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. Continue reading
George Crook’s beard splinters into two point halves perhaps as a testament to the fate of his nation splintered by the horrors of war.
A born and raised Ohioan, Crook started the war in the infantry before rising to cavalry commander in Southwest Virginia. Continue reading