Ambrose Burnside

American general and politician (1824–1881)

Ambrose Everett Burnside (May 23, 1824 – September 13, 1881) was an American soldier, railroad executive and politician.[1] He served as governor of Rhode Island (1866-1869) and U.S. Senator from Rhode Island.[1] As a Union Army general in the American Civil War, he fought successful campaigns in North Carolina and East Tennessee but was defeated in the disastrous Battle of Fredericksburg and Battle of the Crater. Burnside commanded the IX Corps, the Department of Ohio, and also the Army of the Potomac for a few months.[2] His distinctive style of facial hair is now known as sideburns, derived from his last name.[3]

Ambrose Everett Burnside
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Ambrose Burnside
Born23 May 1824
Liberty, Indiana
Died13 September 1881
Bristol, Rhode Island
OccupationGeneral, Governor, Senator


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ambrose Burnside". History. A&E Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  2. "Ambrose E. Burnside". Civil War Trust. Retrieved October 12, 2016.
  3. "Ambrose Burnside Biography". Bio. A&E Television Networks, LLC. Archived from the original on July 18, 2015. Retrieved October 12, 2016.