Beards of the Civil War

Conflict: Civil War

C.G. Pride

C.G. Pride sporting impressive facial hair

How many different ways are there to wear a beard? Quite a few, judging from these Civil War photographs.

Some seem fairly normal by today’s standards.

C. Schurz

C. Schurz

Lt. Col. G.E. Chamberlain, 1st Vermont Art.

Lt. Col. G.E. Chamberlain, 1st Vermont Art.

C.P. Adams, 1st Minn

C.P. Adams, 1st Minn

Others were a little more unusual.

R.S. Ewell, C.S.A

R.S. Ewell, C.S.A

Surg. J.B. Laidley, 85th Pa Inf.

Surg. J.B. Laidley, 85th Pa Inf.

Charles H. Crane

Charles H. Crane

Still others followed the latest trend.

Lt. Wright, USN

Lt. Wright, USN

C.C. Augur

C.C. Augur

J. Kilpatrick

J. Kilpatrick

And then there were those that were . . . well, let’s just call them “unique.”

Gen. Daniel Ullman of N.Y.

Gen. Daniel Ullman of N.Y.

Lt. Col. B.H. Hill, 5th U.S. Artillery

Lt. Col. B.H. Hill, 5th U.S. Artillery

Ripley, C.S.A

Ripley, C.S.A

These photos are just the tip of the iceberg! Find many other crazy beard styles in Fold3’s free Civil War Photos and Brady Civil War Photos collections.