Civil War Beards

A site dedicated to the golden age of facial hair, the 1850s and 1860s, featuring original photographs

Unknown Union Soldier with Saber

Today’s photo is of a Union cavalry trooper with his saber and a rather impressive chin curtain!

Georges-Eugène Haussmann

Hello Fellow Beardo-philles! 

I’m in Paris for the summer doing dissertation research with my wife.  This past weekend I learned about an incredibly interesting man who, between 1853 and 1870, was responsible for the creation of modern Paris (along with Napoleon III), Georges-Eugène Haussmann.  So here’s a picture of him from 1860 with a really great chin curtain! 

If you’d like to know more about Haussmann’s redesign of Paris check this out…

Young Confederate Soldier With a Goatee

I have been gone for quite a while.  First I got married, then I went on my honeymoon, then my hard drive crashed and my backups were corrupted.  In any case Civil War Beards is back with this young Confederate soldier with a goatee.

Wedding of Princess Alice to Prince Louis of Hesse Darmstadt, 1867

My apologies for how long its been since my last post.  I’m getting married in a little over a week and things here are a little hectic.  With that in mind today I’m sharing an image of the royal wedding of Queen Victoria’s daughter Alice to Prince Louis of Hesse Darmstadt in 1867.  Attending her and her new husband are Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and the Prince of Wales (Edward VII).  Those royals really had great beards.


Isma’il Pasha

Great facial hair of the 1850s and 60s was not just limited to the United States.  This is Isma’il Pasha, the Khedive (the local ruler under the control of the Ottoman Sultan in Istanbul) of Egypt from 1867 until 1879.  Isma’il Pasha was known as a great modernizer of the largely traditional nation.  One of his greatest accomplishments was the opening of the Suez Canal.  Following the American Civil War the Khedive invited many veteran officers from North and South to come to Egypt and help modernize his army. 

Union Officer and Private

Today’s image is of a union private with sideburns and an officer with a really great beard

The Larrabee Brothers

Today’s image is of brothers Private Henry Luther and Sergeant Hebert Larrabee.  Both were enlisted in Company B of the 17th Massachusetts.

Unidentified Union Officer with Bully Beard

Unknown Union Fifer

Today’s photograph is of a union fifer with a bushy chin beard and a bold cravat.

Baseball Player

Today’s image is of a man with a really robust beard in a very awesome baseball uniform.  He probably dates from the 1860s.