Beards in Battle: A hairy angle on the Gettysburg 150th

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At every event I attend, I have to find something strange to write about.

 It’s no fun otherwise. Check out the stories I’ve done the last two years at the York Fair. (Here and here).

This seemed like the perfect strategy to employ Friday at the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg, which is kind of a big deal, if you weren’t aware.

Anyway, no one wants to read a normal story from this event, except maybe the people participating.

“It was hot as balls. The re-enactors did so on and so forth … blah blah blah. The North and the South. Blood and guts.”


We all know how this ends. (And if you happen to be one of the few people who don’t know who won the Battle of Gettysburg or the Civil War, I’m sorry you rode the short bus.)

Anywho, I was searching the internets for fun angles when I spotted this voting page for facial hair on Smithsonian Magazine’s website.

Smithsonian Magazine.

“Legit,” I thought to myself.

So, I decided, that would be my angle. Beards go to battle.

I spent a few hours at the Blue Gray Alliance Re-enactment Friday scoping out the men for mutton chops and other wonders of facial shrubbery.

Here’s the story. I hope it turned out well.

And, even if it didn’t, I still had a great time reporting.


One response to “Beards in Battle: A hairy angle on the Gettysburg 150th

  1. Pingback: A year in review: Thirteen things I learned in 2013 | BY LAUREN BOYER

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