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.
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