August 11, 2022 at 6:30 pm
One of our most popular programs: General Grant speaks to the Round Table of his life and times for the third time. Dr. Fields is the National Park Service representative that portrays General U. S. Grant. He has portrayed the commanding general of the Union Army in films, posters and re-enactments. There will be no doubt that General Grant is in the building.
Dr. Fields has a bachelor and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Memphis, Tennessee. He later earned a second master’s degree in Secondary Education and a Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Curriculum from Michigan State University. He spent eight years at the Junior and Senior high school levels teaching before serving 25 years as a high school administrator. He teaches as an adjunct Sociology professor at the University of Memphis and in Education for Belhaven University, Memphis campus. Now he is an Educational consultant and a living Historian. Dr. Fields was selected to portray General Grant at the 150th Anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, in 2015 and was featured as General Grant, and as a Grant authority, in the Discovery Channel three-part documentary series “How Booze built America.”
Dr. Fields is the same height and body style as the General Grant and represents a true-to-life image of the man as he would have looked, and he researches extensively in order to share an accurate portrayal. His presentations are in first person, quoting from General Grant’s memoirs; articles and letters the General wrote; statements he made in interviews and first-person accounts of people who knew the General or were with him and witnessed him during events.