Badass Civil War Beards

This goes out to all of the brave men who fought to keep America united (or for the Confederacy, we don't judge) all while sporting sexy facial hair.

Sep 2

The McKeys to Happiness

Thomas McKey Edwards knows that the McKey to happiness is a badass chinstrap. 


Shaving Hand

James Alexander Williamson was wounded in the hand at the Battle of Jonesborough. It was probably his shaving hand. Hence the beard. It’s the proverbial silver lining, I suppose.


Sep 1

Bugler

William J. Carson was a bugler in the Union Army. I’m still trying to figure out how he played the bugle, because his beard is totally covering his mouth. 


Camp Dick

The fact that William Jennings Landram went to a place called Camp Dick Robinson is almost as wonderful as his beard.


Aug 31
Sometimes people grow badass beards… And when that happens, they literally turn into old timey soldiers. Cool, huh?

Sometimes people grow badass beards… And when that happens, they literally turn into old timey soldiers. Cool, huh?


Sloppy Rob

Robert Buffum’s outfit looks a little sloppy, but fortunately his beard looks well groomed! 


Whoa

Yeah, I guess your burnsides are pretty cool, George Washington Morgan, but they’re just not…

Holy Mary Mother of God, they’re magnificent.


Aug 30
thecivilwarparlor:

 Carlos Alvarez de la Mesa Was A Spanaird Who Came To The U.S. To Fight In The Civil War, And Fought At Gettysburg
The Spanish national immigrated to the U.S. in 1861 to join the Union Army and fight in the Civil War. Weeks after marrying into a family of “New England blue bloods,” the 32-year-old joined the “Garibaldi Guard.” Also called the 39th New York Infantry Volunteers, its companies were composed of ethnic Hungarians, Germans, Italians, Spaniards and other immigrants.
De la Mesa fought in the pivotal battle of Gettysburg. The officer received a gunshot wound to his foot as he leaped over a stone wall, and was trampled by his “entire company.” He suffered critical wounds across his body. Despite his illnesses, he went on to serve for years in the Veteran Reserve Corps before he died in an insane asylum from “disease of the brain” in 1872.
http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/39thInf/deLaMesa/39thInf_Coll_deLaMesa_photo.htm
http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/War-letters-tell-poignant-tale-2208663.php

thecivilwarparlor:

Carlos Alvarez de la Mesa Was A Spanaird Who Came To The U.S. To Fight In The Civil War, And Fought At Gettysburg

The Spanish national immigrated to the U.S. in 1861 to join the Union Army and fight in the Civil War. Weeks after marrying into a family of “New England blue bloods,” the 32-year-old joined the “Garibaldi Guard.” Also called the 39th New York Infantry Volunteers, its companies were composed of ethnic Hungarians, Germans, Italians, Spaniards and other immigrants.

De la Mesa fought in the pivotal battle of Gettysburg. The officer received a gunshot wound to his foot as he leaped over a stone wall, and was trampled by his “entire company.” He suffered critical wounds across his body. Despite his illnesses, he went on to serve for years in the Veteran Reserve Corps before he died in an insane asylum from “disease of the brain” in 1872.

http://dmna.ny.gov/historic/reghist/civil/infantry/39thInf/deLaMesa/39thInf_Coll_deLaMesa_photo.htm

http://www.timesunion.com/default/article/War-letters-tell-poignant-tale-2208663.php


Seven O’Clock Shadow

This is a look we don’t see often. It’s like a five o’clock shadow, only heavier. Like a seven o’clock shadow. 


Windy

William H. French looks like he just stepped out of a freaking wind tunnel. Even his wonderful mustache is askew!


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