The Hidden Hipsters of The Civil War

You may have noticed an influx of hoop skirts, and quizzical renditions of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” recently, especially if you live anywhere in the South. Yes, yes, it’s the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, and the reenactors are out with a vengeance. But were the people of the 1860s really that much different than we are today? Well, for starters, you’ve got a shared predilection for odd facial hair, silly nicknames, and sticking it to the man. In honor of the newly-released commemorative edition of Ken Burns’ epic Civil War documentary, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 hipsters discussed in his film. Whose beard was bushiest? Who had an interest in artisan beer brewing? All that and more, after the jump.

“That which is not just is not law!” William Lloyd Garrison famously said. Beyond that, he published an anti-slavery newspaper called The Liberator. Pretty radical stuff in 1831. He was also known to say the following: “I will not retreat a single inch. I will be heard.” Those who defied this triple-named threat would feel the wrath of his gaze from beyond those wire-framed spectacles of his.