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.
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
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