Even those that don't know much about the Civil War know that that period was an era of facial hair high fashion. Like all fashion, the interest in having and maintaining beards, mustaches, and goatees change often. The television show Duck Dynasty, along with the hipster trend, have brought back a certain level of facial hair popularity. However, even the Robertson family would be envious of some of the facial hair from the Civil War era.
Below are five of the top facial hair talents of the Union's Army of the Potomac.
Brigadier General Romeyn Ayres; best beard with receding hairline
Major General Ambrose Burnside; most creative facial hair, best sideburns.
Brigadier General David Gregg; bushiest beard; extra credit for length
Major General Charles Griffin; best mustache, trendsetter for future Western icons such as Wyatt Earp
Major General Winfield Scott Hancock; best goatee design
Brigadier General Francis Barlow; (disqualified for lack of talent)