Hottest Beard on Record

russell-beardIt’s Facial Hair Friday, and it’s been a scorching week in Washington, DC, at the National Archives. It’s going to reach 100 degrees today. So what can you do to cool off?

Perhaps you should gaze upon the fulsome beard of General David A. Russell of the Union Army.

Do you have such a long, rippling beard? Are you wearing a woolen Army uniform, buttoned up to the chin, in the middle of July? Are you fighting in the battles of Antietam, Fredricksburg, or Gettysburg?

Of course not.

Now, don’t you feel a few degrees cooler?

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