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Beards and Generals

posted Jun 8, 2016, 12:28 AM by Douglas Sun   [ updated Jul 22, 2016, 12:59 AM ]
Okay, so when I said we had settled on the final designs for our "Beards and Generals" Civil War t-shirts, I was wrong. We made one more tweak after that. But no more. That's it. The war has been over for 150 years, and it's time for us to move on from the design phase, too.

The links that I posted earlier are now invalid, because uploading new designs created new links. So I have deleted those posts to prevent confusion. Consider this the sole, definitive source of Beards and Generals shirt linkage.

For the record, here is the text of my original post:

"It began as part of a conversation at the bar at Bally’s in Las Vegas. Just out of the blue, Ken Hite said to me, 'You know what would make a good t-shirt? You know those aircraft recognition silhouettes? Think, Civil War generals and their beards.' No cocktail napkin drawings were needed; I knew right away it was an idea too good to pass up, and that Bushi-go could execute it,

"It took us a while to get around to it. But after we launched the Veiled Alliances app and finished the initial round of publicity, working on a side project like this gave us something to do while the downloads pile up. We have just started selling, through Merch by Amazon print-on-demand, three different designs featuring facial hair recognition silhouettes of Civil War worthies from both sides: A light blue Union shirt with Grant, Sherman, Hancock, Burnside (huzzah for muttonchops!), Thomas and Meade; a gray Confederate shirt with Lee, Jackson, Longstreet, Forrest, Beauregard and Bragg; and a white shirt with Grant, Sherman and Hancock up north and Lee, Jackson and Forrest down south. By their beards ye shall know them! [NOTE: We subsequently swapped in Burnside for Hancock on the combined USA-CSA shirt, and all designs are available in a choice of colors.]"

  Combined USA + CSA

"Of course, we’re hopeful that these shirts will find an audience among the many people who take an active interest in American history and military history. If you search Amazon’s Clothing shop by “Civil War beards” you’ll fund our shirts nestled among listings for Civil War costume items, including an impressive selection of fake beards. Even among a wider audience, it seems that the association between the generals who fought the war and their beards remains strong. I can’t dig it up now, but a few days ago an item showed up in my Yahoo! news feed juxtaposing Joe Thornton’s current playoff beard with a photograph of John Bell Hood, with the header, 'The San Jose Sharks are Turning the NHL Playoffs Into the Civil War.'"

I wrote that a couple of weeks ago. With the Sharks now in the Stanley Cup Finals (though perhaps not for much longer), Joe Thornton, if anything, ;oops even more John Bell Hood-like.