Ambrose Burnside: A True Story of Facial Hair

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.

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7 comments… add one
  • London John Apr 28, 2012 @ 7:48

    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.

  • Ben Railton Apr 27, 2012 @ 8:49

    PS. Which, to be clear, I know is (unfortunately, ’cause it’s a great story) not the first use of the term:

    But still, got popularized further here in the US thanks to good ol’ Joe. So I still vote for the follow-up video!

  • Ben Railton Apr 27, 2012 @ 8:47

    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.


  • Peter Winfrey Apr 27, 2012 @ 6:50

    One of the best facts I learned in 8th grade was about the connection between Burnside and those prodigious whiskers.

    Clever video.

  • Emmanuel Dabney Apr 27, 2012 @ 4:46

    Of course this ignores the 1862 Eastern NC campaign.

    • Kevin Levin Apr 27, 2012 @ 4:47

      Get back to work, Emmanuel. 🙂

      • Emmanuel Dabney Apr 27, 2012 @ 5:10

        Yeah I know…I’m off but have to work today. From home, go in, from home again.

        Anyway, yeah. I ruin everything fun.

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