John McCausland was orphaned at a young age and went to live with relatives in Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Military Institute and the University of Virginia. He was present at the execution of John Brown in 1859. In 1861 he was commissioned as a colonel in the infantry and rose to the rank of brigadier general in 1864. As a cavalry brigade commander, he served under Jubal Early, raiding into Pennsylvania and Maryland. In retaliation for acts of destruction in the Shenandoah Valley, including the burning of V.M.I., by Union Army Major General David Hunter, McCausland burned the town of Chambersburg, PA. He fought in the Siege of Petersburg, Battle of Five Forks and the Appomattox Campaign. McCausland died in 1927, giving him the distinction of being the last surviving Confederate general.
This John McCausland mug is part of our Civil War series profiling participants in the War Between the States. Thousands of Confederate and Union soldiers fought in battles such as Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, Cold Harbor and Petersburg. We honor their sacrifices by telling their stories.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
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