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Nobody ever did 'Movember' like these 9 Civil War generals

This month is "Movember," and dudes worldwide are growing mustaches (and more) to support the foundation dedicated to fighting prostate cancer. But in the history of military grooming standards, few cohorts can hang with that of the Civil War. Check out these looks that would make a modern-day hipster weep:


1. Gen. George McClellan

McClellan may have been timid with sealing the deal against the Confederacy at Antietam, but he was full tilt when it came to styling this 'stache and soul patch combo.

 2. Maj. Gen. Alfred T. A. Torbert

Torbert sported this wrap-around follicle fantasia that screamed "follow me, boys!" and certainly instilled confidence in his charges about his judgement in all things.

 3. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart

Dashing good looks earned him the nickname "Beauty" while a cadet at West Point, and the same handle would have worked for the beard he busted out during his Confederate Army years.

 4. Gen. George Armstrong Custer

Custer was known for his golden locks, mercurial disposition, and his killer 'stache right up to the point when he took an arrow or two at Little Big Horn.

5. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman

Sherman was rocking his "rough night in Atlanta" look in this shot. His beard grooming techinque was replicated by Bradley Cooper in "American Sniper."

6. Gen. Lew Wallace

One hundred years after Wallace wrote the epic novel "Ben Hur" and then became governor of New Mexico, he would inspire ZZ Top's on-stage look.

 7. Maj. Gen. George Crook

Not unlike the bearded Tier One badasses of today, Crook used guerrilla warfare to wreak havoc on his foe. He was nicknamed "Grey Wolf" by the Apache, which seems reasonable considering his Wolfman facial hair styling.

8. Gen. Joshua Chamberlain

He came to the Army by way of a career as an educator, so it's no surprise that Chamberlain cold schooled his fellow officers in 'Stache 101 during his days as a Union general.

 9. Gen. Ambrose Burnside

Burnside is the namesake of the — wait for it — sideburn. Pure genius. And that medal adorning his chest is most certainly for "visage gallantry in the face of extreme danger."

 

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