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Ambrose Burnside
Burnside
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Religion: Protestantism
Date of Birth: 1824
Date of Death: 1881
Cause of Death: Angina pectoris
Occupation: Soldier, inventor, industrialist
Spouse: Mary Richmond Bishop (d. 1876)
Political Party: Republican Party
Military Branch: United States Army
Turtledove Appearances:
The Guns of the South
POD: January 17, 1864
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference
Southern Victory
POD: September 10, 1862
Appearance(s): How Few Remain
Type of Appearance: Direct
Ambrose Everett Burnside (May 23, 1824 – September 13, 1881) was an American railroad executive, inventor, industrialist, and politician from Rhode Island, serving as governor (1866-1869) and a U.S. Senator (1875-1881). As a United States Army general in the American Civil War, he conducted successful campaigns in North Carolina and East Tennessee, but was defeated in the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg. Later he was in charge of planning the unsuccessful and publicly embarrassing Battle of the Crater on July 30, 1864, the latter battle effectively forcing the end of his command career.

He lent his name to the word "sideburns," originally applied to his own distinctive style of facial hair ("burnsides," later reversed), now applied more widely to any facial hair extending down from the hairline past the ears and stopping short of forming a full beard.

Ambrose Burnside in The Guns of the South

Ambrose Burnside was one of several Union generals who were used as imaginary targets when the Rivington Men demonstrated the AK-47 to Robert E. Lee and his staff.[1]

Ambrose Burnside in Southern Victory

Ambrose Burnside commanded the IX Corps of the Union Army of the Potomac during the War of Secession. He advised his commanding general, George McClellan, against offering Robert E. Lee's Confederate Army of Northern Virginia battle at Camp Hill, Pennsylvania in 1862. His advice was ignored, and the Army of the Potomac was destroyed.

References

  1. The Guns of the South, pgs. 6-7, MPB.
Political offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
James Y. Smith
Governor of Rhode Island
1866-1869
Succeeded by
Seth Padelford
Preceded by
William Sprague
United States Senator from Rhode Island
1875-1881
Succeeded by
Nelson W. Aldrich
Military offices
(OTL)
Preceded by
George McClellan
Commander of the Army of the Potomac
1862-1863
Succeeded by
Joseph Hooker

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