5 Civil War Mustaches That Are Still in Style Today

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5 Civil War Mustaches That Are Still in Style Today

The American Civil War was notable for many reasons, but perhaps the most striking thing is the amount of facial hair military men were sporting. It seemed like having a full beard or styled mustache was the order of the day. Thankfully, some of these facial hair stylings haven’t ever really fallen out of favor.

The Ulysses S. Grant Beard

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Grant had an effortless style about him.

This might be stretching the definition of Civil War mustaches, but you have to admire Grant’s facial hair. While he started his military career as a clean-shaven officer, his beard is what ultimately endured. It is also a timeless example of facial hair.

A Modern Equivalent

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Grant definitely wore it better.

Any facial hair sporting man has likely thought about growing it out in a similar style to Grant. You can see the modern equivalents of a manicured beard anywhere you look. The mustache is only part of the ensemble but it plays a huge role.

Jubal Early’s Styled Mustache and Beard Combo

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Accomplished Confederate general, impressive owner of a beard.

Jubal Early is one of the most ferocious Confederate generals to take the field. Despite his infamous exploits, you can certainly see why he’s got one of the most enviable Civil War mustaches around. Early’s facial hair might seem old-fashioned, but it has made a big comeback.

A Proto-Hipster

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At least this guy isn’t conducting raids on Northern states.

Having your mustache length a bit on the longer side to compliment your beard is something I see all the time. As an aging hipster, I’ve certainly put some thought into this. However, I see people pulling off similar styles that make it look good.

Willam Harvey Carney’s Stylish Ensemble

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Carney’s facial hair is effortlessly cool.

Carney has one of the most fascinating stories of the Civil War, born a slave before escaping to join the Free North. He also has one of the most timeless examples of Civil War mustaches you’ll see today.

A Pre-Van Dyke Goatee

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I suppose you need Carney’s panache to carry the style, but you could make it work.

Carney’s mustache is utterly timeless, but the chin strap is a bit outdated. That said, it works well with a bit as an alternative to a Van Dyke. This helps to complete the look, while also connecting the facial hair to bring it a more modern touch.

William Hammond’s Grizzly Facial Hair

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I feel seen by this style of beard.

Hammond is a man after my own heart. Sometimes, shaving is just not on the cards, especially when you’re the U.S. Surgeon General during the American Civil War. Hammond has one of the most impressive Civil War mustaches you’ll see. The fact that it is attached to a bushy beard only adds to it.

Yes, I Make Craft Beer

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Maybe a dour countenance is what best accentuates this style of beard.

You’ve likely seen no shortage of hipsters with a similar facial hair style to Hammond. While it might call to mind Grizzly Adams or Jeremiah Johnson, it is timeless for a good reason. I get similar growth every winter since I can’t be bothered to shave.

Mutton Chops

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Douglass seemed to inherit his father’s penchant for memorable facial hair.

Charles Douglass might not be as well known as his famous father, but he has one of the most impressive Civil War mustaches you’ll find. Douglass is perhaps best known for making mutton chops look good.

I Lack the Confidence for This One

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This style still works, you just need the right face shape for it.

I have met plenty of men who can rock mutton chops, so it certainly hasn’t gone out of style. I don’t know if it is my face shape or a lack of confidence. However, I cannot envision myself with this sort of facial hair. More power to the guys who can, as it is one of the most visually striking mustaches you’ll find.

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