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Updated: 17:13 GMT, 22 February 2012

The North and South have gone to war again, and this time there will be no close shaves.

The Smithsonian museum has released a fantastic set of photographs of soldiers displaying some of the most outrageous facial hair of the American Civil War and they are asking the public to vote for a favourite.

Sporting huge handlebar mustaches and massive mutton chops sideburns, the hirsute gents went down in history for their epic deeds on the battlefield. But who had the best beards?

Will a shaggy South rise again or will an unkempt Union prevail?

Have a look at the amazing selection then click on the link to cast your vote.

Triple threat: Major General Alpheus Williams was training volunteers for the Michigan militia when the war began. He fought at the Battles of Antietam, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg and took part in General Sherman's March to the Sea.

To the point: Major General W.B. Hazen was injured battling Comanches in Texas in 1859. He later commanded a brigade in the Army of the Ohio and played an important part in the Union victory at the Battle of Shiloh. His troops fought bravely at Chattanooga and during the Atlanta Campaign. He was appointed chief signal officer by President Hayes at the end of the war.

Trendsetter: Major General Ambrose Burnside's chunky chops were so celebrated they've gave us the term 'side burns'. He was among the first to arrive in Washington D.C. to protect the capital. Although named commander of the Army of the Potomac in 1862, his failure at the Battle of Fredericksburg caused him to turn over control to Gen. Joseph Hooker.

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Wispy: Major General James Allen Hardie fought with distinction during the Mexican-American War but in the Civil War he played mainly an administrative role.

Flanks: Major General Carter Littlepage Stevenson commanded the entire right flank of the Confederate Army during the Siege of Vicksburg. He also fought at the Battle of Chattanooga

Major General Christopher C. Augur graduated from West Point in 1843. He fought Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest before the War. Severely wounded at the Battle of Cedar Mountain, he recovered to command a division during the siege of Port Hudson

Major General George Crook graduated from West Point in 1852 and was stationed in northern California at the outbreak of the Civil War. He later led an Ohio brigade at South Mountain and Antietam before flitting between various commands in West Virginia and Maryland

Rear Admiral John Lorimer Worden was the original commander of the Union USS Monitor, the first ironclad warship. He was injured during the encounter with the CSS Virginia, the first battle in history between two ironclads. He later oversaw the construction of several other ironclads and chose their commanders

Lieutenant General John McAllister Schofield graduated from West Point and moved quickly up the ranks, commanding the entire Army of the Frontier by 1863. He scored brilliant victories against the Confederate Army at the Battles of Franklin and Nashville, before joining General Sherman's army in North Carolina

Major General Romeyn B Ayres graduated from West Point in 1847. He commanded artillerymen during the Peninsular campaign, but transferred to infantry to lead a brigade during the Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg

General Alexander Shaler was awarded the Army's highest honor after the Second Battle of Fredericksburg. He later fought at Gettysburg and Wilderness, where he was captured but later returned in a prisoner exchange

Colonel John Haskell King commanded troops at the Battle of Shiloh. He received a promotion for bravery at the Battle of Chickamauga and later fought during the Atlanta campaign

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Rear Admiral Stephen Bleecker Luce was in command of the Nantucket during the siege of Charleston. In 1884, he founded the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island

Second Lieutenant Adelbert Ames graduated from West Point after the bombardment of Fort Sumter. He was appointed provisional governor of Mississippi after the war

Brigadier General Benjamin Alvord was known as a talented mathematician. After graduating from West Point he oversaw the District of Oregon, building up defenses along the Columbia River

Admiral Thomas O. Selfridge Jr. took command of the USS Monitor after Admiral Worden was wounded. He served during several naval campaigns in the Gulf of Mexico and off the coast of North Carolina

Samuel Sprigs Carroll began the war as a captain but rose to become Brigadier General. he fought with distinction at the Battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He lost an arm at the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, but continued to serve

Major General Hiram Berdan was the inventor of the Berdan rifle and was known as an expert marksman. He was recruited by the Union Army to create a sharpshooter corps, a special forces group dressed in green that fought at Gettysburg and Shepherdstown.

Major General Winfield Scott Hancock was a hero of the Mexican-American War and a field general in the Battles of Williamsburg, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Courthouse. After the war, he ran for president as a Democrat in 1880, losing to James Garfield.

Major General John Dunlap grew up in Virginia and attending college in South Carolina but served with the Union Army, fighting in a Missouri regiment during the war

Honorable Abram Wakeman was a one-term New York congressman who raised the 85th Pennsylvania volunteers and served as New York City postmaster during the Civil War

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Brigadier General C.B. White: Almost nothing is known of the General who is included in the collection soley on the strength of his beard

Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart was one of the most celebrated Confederate officers. He was a part of the U.S. Army brigade that captured John Brown of Harpers Ferry fame. He was a battleground commander during the Peninsular Campaign and the Battle of Gettysburg but was mortally wounded at the Battle of Yellow Tavern in 1864

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