Dr. E. C. Fields, of Memphis Tenn., will portray Gen. Ulysses S. Grant at 7 p.m. July 25 at the North Fairfield American Legion. Fields was in secondary education for 33 years as well as at the college level for the past 20 and also spent 24 years in law enforcement.
As an active living historian, Fields has portrayed Grant at numerous battle reenactments and portrayed him at the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Courthouse, Va. in 2015. He is a contributor to The Civil War Courier, a monthly newspaper, and recently spent a week as onboard lecturer on the American Queen steamboat Civil War cruise. Fields has received a similar invitation for 2019.
Immediately prior to his visit to North Fairfield, “Grant” will be a guest at the Garfield Civil War encampment in Mentor.
Comments from other presentations include, “You are so authentic that … it was hard to keep reminding myself that I was not, in fact, listening to a lecture from General Grant” and “You have captured the Heart of the Warrior.”
Ohioans are, of course, proud of Grant not only for his accomplishments in the Civil War, but also because he went on to become the 18th president of the United States and one of eight presidents with ties to Ohio.
The North Fairfield American Legion, 207 E. Main St. (Ohio 162), North Fairfield is air- conditioned and ADA-compliant.
There is no admission fee and refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome. Persons with questions may call Ruth Earl at 419-668-4006.