Cottage Madness: Best Civil War Facial Hair CHAMPIONSHIP

Well Ladies and Gentlemen, it’s come down to this. The final of the third annual Cottage Madness Bracket. This year we’re determining the best Facial Hair of the Civil War, and we have a doozy in the championship round. Top seed Ambrose Burnside continues to dominate the competition. He felled strong challenger Edwin Stanton in the semifinals. Meanwhile, on the bottom half of the bracket, Ulysses S. Grant keeps “upsetting” higher seeds, most recently beating two seed Gideon Welles by about seven percent.

Here’s the final bracket update before we crown our champion: Civil War Facial Hair Bracket — Championship


This is also your last chance to enter our raffle to win a “With Great Beard Comes Great Responsibility” t-shirt. Make sure to enter your name and email address in the survey. (And even if you’ve already entered once, do so again; it can only improve your chances.)

Semifinal Round Recap

1. Ambrose Burnside 86.05{f8375f47ae67af23d41895d389f5f1bd2473dc9169ad9eb3f7b4c1f331050350} vs. 4. Edwin Stanton 13.95{f8375f47ae67af23d41895d389f5f1bd2473dc9169ad9eb3f7b4c1f331050350}

So far Burnside’s vote shares have been: 96.72{f8375f47ae67af23d41895d389f5f1bd2473dc9169ad9eb3f7b4c1f331050350}, 82.35{f8375f47ae67af23d41895d389f5f1bd2473dc9169ad9eb3f7b4c1f331050350}, and now 86.05{f8375f47ae67af23d41895d389f5f1bd2473dc9169ad9eb3f7b4c1f331050350}. He has been as unstoppable as he was stoppable at Antietam. Will the championship round prove to be as costly as Fredericksburg was in 1862? Or shall Burnside hold the high ground and emerge victorious this time!

2. Gideon Welles 46.51 vs. 11. Ulysses S. Grant 53.49

The semifinal sure wasn’t friendly to Lincoln’s cabinet members. Secretary Welles certainly put up a stronger fight than his Secretary of War counterpart, admittedly as the higher seed. His bushy white beard was no match for the future 18th president. Grant’s stately looks just were too handsome for Father Neptune. Now Grant faces his toughest challenge yet: Number 1 overall seed Ambrose Burnside. To the best beard goes the spoils!

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