Ambrose Burnside

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Ambrose Everett Burnside

Ambrose Burnside
Born May 23, 1824
Died September 13, 1881
Residence Rhode Island

Ambrose Everett Burnside (May 23, 1824September 13, 1881) was an American soldier, railroad executive, inventor, businessman, and politician from Rhode Island. He served as governor and a U.S. Senator. As a Union Army general in the American Civil War, he fought successful campaigns in North Carolina and East Tennessee but was defeated in the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg and Battle of the Crater. Burnside commanded the IX Corps, the Department of Ohio, and also the Army of the Potomac for a few months. His distinctive style of facial hair is now known as sideburns, derived from his last name.