Dr. Fields is the same height and body style as General Grant and, therefore, presents a convincing, true-to-life image of the man as he really looked. He researches and reads extensively about General Grant in order to deliver an accurate persona of the General. His presentations are in first person, quoting from General Grant’s Memoirs; articles and letters the General wrote, statements he made in interviews or wrote himself, and first-person accounts of people who knew the General or were with him and witnessed him during events. Dr. Fields holds a Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Education from the University of Memphis. He later earned a Master’s degree in Secondary Education and Ph.D. in Educational Administration and Curriculum from Michigan State University. He has been a long time adjunct Sociology Professor at the University of Memphis and in Education for Belhaven University, Memphis campus.
He is now an Educational consultant and Living Historian. As a Living Historian, Dr. Fields portrayed General Grant at the 150th Sesquicentennial observations of: Fort Donelson and Shiloh, TN, Vicksburg, MS, and at the 150th anniversary of Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House, VA, in 2015. He also portrayed the General at Appomattox in 2012, 2013 and 2014. He portrays General Grant in the Visitor Center film that is shown at Appomattox Court House National Historic Park. Dr. Fields has appeared with the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra in Vicksburg NMP. He was featured as General Grant, and as a Grant authority, in the Discovery Channel three-part documentary series “How Booze built America.” Dr. Fields portrays General Grant, giving his life story, on the Civil War Trust website in the 1in4 series of biographies and significant places and events the distinguished Civil War Trust has established. This may be seen at Civilwar.org and select 1in4 at the top of the page.
He was honored to have been elected to life Membership in the American Civil War Round Table-Queensland, Australia, and is an occasional contributor to their newsletter: “The Bugle”.
He is also a frequent contributor to The Civil War News.
- appeared as General Grant on the National Geographic Television series “Diggers”;
- featured as General Grant in the Visitors Center films shown at Appomattox National Historic Park;
- and the Dover Hotel in Fort Donelson National Battlefield;
- featured on four national magazine covers
- being the only Living Historian to be featured on two national magazine covers at the same time and for the same event: the Appomattox 150th in 2015 (pictured: “The Banner” and “The Camp Chase Gazette”);
- being selected as the official Grant for the U. S. Grant Boyhood Home Association in Georgetown, Ohio;
- portraying President Grant for the opening and dedication of the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University on November 30th, 2017;
- portraying General Grant at West Point (at the USMA request) in January of 2019, to kick off their ‘semester of Grant’ celebration prior to erecting a statue of him on the plain, April 25th, 2019;
- having the limit for a personal page on Facebook of 5000 friends
- as of June 25th, 2019, his Facebook posts had received more than half a million (520,000) ‘likes’!
- Portrayed President Grant for the incoming Freshman class orientation at Mississippi State University, August 2019
He served as a Memphis, TN, Police Officer for four years; was an MPD Hostage negotiator and received the Life-Saving medal from the City of Memphis for actions in the line of duty.
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