Dr. Curt Fields will portray Gen. Grant on April 9, when the National Park Service commemorates the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War.
Five years ago, Dr. Fields noticed that he had the same stature and general appearance as Union general Ulysses S. Grant. The adjunct sociology professor at the University of Memphis grew a beard, bought a uniform and embarked on an epic journey of living history reenactments.
Next week, on April 9, thousands will gather in Appomattox, Virginia to mark the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. While the city of Memphis spent most of the war years under Union control, the city would play a major role as a beacon of freedom for many enslaved people, says Rhodes College history professor Timothy S. Huebner.