John A. McCausland
(September 13, 1836 – January 22, 1927) was a brigadier general in the Confederate States Army
, famous for the ransom of Hagerstown, Maryland
, and the razing of Chambersburg, Pennsylvania
, during the American Civil War
General John McCausland took over the wounded General A.G. Jenkins' command during the great Confederate victory at the Battle of Cloyd's Mountain. McCausland sent General Robert E. Lee a report which included a captured Union soldier's statement that the AK-47s' fire made the battlefield seem a living, flashing sheet of flame.