ULYSSES S. GRANT
L I E U T E N A N T G E N E R A L
GENERAL IN CHIEF of the UNION ARMIES
Born: April 27 1822, Point Pleasant Ohio
Died: July 23 1885, Mount McGregor New York
Pre-War Profession Graduated West Point 1843, Mexican war, garrison duty, resigned 1854, firewood pedlar, store clerk.
War Service 1861 commanded a camp of instruction, June 1861 Col. of 21st Illinois, May 1861 appointed Brig. Gen. of Volunteers, Belmont, Fts Henry and Donelson, February 1862 promoted Maj. Gen. of Volunteers, commanded Army of the Tennessee, Shiloh, Vicksburg campaign, July 1863 promoted Maj. Gen. in Regular Army, Chattanooga campaign, March 1864 Lt. Gen. and general-in-chief, Overland campaign.
Post War Career Army service, US President, businessman, writer.
Notes He was the general that Lincoln had been looking for.
On the Internet Ulysses S. Grant Homepage
Anderson, Nancy Scott The generals : Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee New York, Wings Books, 1994
Badeau, Adam Military history of Ulysses S. Grant, from April, 1861 to April, 1865 New York, 1868-1881
Dana, Charles A The life of Ulysses S. Grant : general of the armies of the United States Springfield MA, Gurdon Bill & Co., 1868
Grant, Ulysses S Personal memoirs of U.S. Grant Blue Ridge Summit PA, TabBooks, 1991
Lewis, Lloyd Captain Sam Grant Boston, Little, Brown, 1950
Curt Fields’ resemblance to Gen. U.S. Grant is what some witnesses would describe as "eerie".
This career educator and former history teacher is the same height and similar weight (5-foot-8, 150 pounds) and has the same body style of the commander who won the Civil War. Through extensive research, Fields also presents an accurate persona of the Union general in first person speaking presentations and in responses to questions from his audiences.
Fields, who holds a doctorate from Michigan State University, has been a lifelong student of the Civil War and began portraying Grant three years ago after his continuing study of the American conflict resulted in respect and admiration for the general.
After realizing he and Grant were the same size, he added a beard to his portrayal. That nailed the resemblance and Tennessee audiences quickly were drawn to his presentations at speaking engagements, living history events and re-enactments.
“I’m still a teacher at heart,” the Collierville, Tenn., resident acknowledges, “and this is the best possible format for teaching accurate history lessons that are important and most likely to be remembered.”
Fields, who is now expanding his portrayals into Kentucky and other states, has taught from the junior and senior high school levels through college and spent 25 years as a high school administrator before retiring. He now contracts as an educational consultant.
As a period history buff and long-time teacher about the Civil War, Fields sees instruction about the war as “absolutely critical.”
“The Civil War is the event that shook our country and the world, with neither being the same since,” he stated. “The war is the defining event and moment in the history of the United States and was the crucible that made us a UNITED States, putting us on the path to being a world power and an industrial giant.
“If we don’t want to commit the same errors of the past, then we must know and understand our history. Why we fought the Civil War and how we resolved the problems that led to it, then came together in the decades after it, is to understand how the United States ultimately became a world power and leader.”
General U.S. Grant and his staff on the steps of the Wilbur McLean House, Appomattox Court House, Virginia
Fort Donelson, Tennessee
Curt "General Grant" Fields