Ambrose Burnside: A True Story of Facial Hair April 27, 2012 7 comments A short puppet bio-pic chronicling the fame of Ambrose Burnside. From his failure as a Civil War General to his experimentation and innovation in the field of facial hair. It’s quite entertaining. 7 comments… add one Emmanuel Dabney April 27, 2012, 4:46 am Of course this ignores the 1862 Eastern NC campaign. Reply Kevin Levin April 27, 2012, 4:47 am Get back to work, Emmanuel. 🙂 Reply Emmanuel Dabney April 27, 2012, 5:10 am Yeah I know…I’m off but have to work today. From home, go in, from home again. Anyway, yeah. I ruin everything fun. Reply Peter Winfrey April 27, 2012, 6:50 am One of the best facts I learned in 8th grade was about the connection between Burnside and those prodigious whiskers. Clever video. Reply Ben Railton April 27, 2012, 8:47 am You think they could make a follow-up about General Hooker and the use to which his name has been put? If they used puppets, it’d still be safe for work and the kids, I think. Ben Reply Ben Railton April 27, 2012, 8:49 am PS. Which, to be clear, I know is (unfortunately, ’cause it’s a great story) not the first use of the term: http://historymyths.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/myth-85-prostitutes-were-so-common-around-gen-joseph-hookers-army-that-they-became-known-as-hookers/ But still, got popularized further here in the US thanks to good ol’ Joe. So I still vote for the follow-up video! Reply London John April 28, 2012, 7:48 am Actually old chap, Burnside was anticipated in whisker innovation by General the Earl of Cardigan, a British commander in the Crimean war. A man of many talents, not including military command, he gave his name (in the UK at least) to a knitted jacket (or sweater that buttons up the front). I don’t know what you call it in America. So his name wasn’t available for whiskers. Another British general in the Crimean war, Lord Lucan (not the murderer, his ancestor) developed even more amazing facial hair. Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.