Ambrose Burnside

soldier, railroad executive, inventor, industrialist, and politician from Rhode Island, United States (1824-1881)

Ambrose Everett Burnside (May 23, 1824September 13, 1881) was an American soldier, railroad executive and politician.[1] He served as governor and a 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
BornMay 23, 1824
DiedSeptember 13, 1881


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Ambrose Burnside". History. A&E Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  2. "Ambrose E. Burnside". Civil War Trust. Retrieved 12 October 2016.
  3. "Ambrose Burnside Biography". Bio. A&E Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved 12 October 2016.