We are eagerly anticipating your visit. One of our longest standing members, who has been president of other Civil War Round Tables attended one of your presentations with the past year or so (I don’t recall where). When he saw your name on the schedule he told me I had scheduled the most realistic/authentic presenter he’s ever seen.
Hamilton County (Indiana) Civil War Round Table
I attended my first meeting last night and was truly overwhelmed by both your lecture and your gravitas.
Can you recommend a biography which you feel most accurately interprets your life and career?
I would be most appreciative.
Thank you, General.
It was good to talk with you just now and make your acquaintance. I feel like I already know you, though, having watched your videos and seen your likeness on the Camp Chase Gazette a time or two through the years. As I mentioned to you on the phone, your videos are outstanding. I love first person presentations. Tom said you were good, but I didn’t realize how good until I watched your videos. I’m delighted you can join us in March.
Dr. Curt Fields as General Grant adds a lot to the study of Civil War.
“to watch the General give a talk is totally spell binding and inspiring, he is my role model when i do them……”
Thank you Curt and thank you for helping me see the real Grant, for indeed you have shone a beacon on the man as no other can. I suppose in the past I have just accepted the role of the despot, as depicted by many Southerners, but when you scratch the surface there is so much more to this man and you embody his spirit as no other can.
Robert Taylor (New Zealand)
"...but in fact I sense a shift, not large, perhaps, but important, in my own feeling. I say "feeling" because my "thinking" has been conditioned by my perception of the facts of the war. That I can feel differently comes as something of a surprise. On the other hand, that is no surprise. Ever since meeting you at Appomattox I have been aware of how you are shaping the way people feel about General Grant. I long ago came to terms with his role in the War, but I never felt a lot of sympathy for him, for his struggles, for his ability to rise above his own limitations, and especially for his endurance toward the end, determined to finish his own literary work as a writer and thinker who was more gifted than perhaps he realized. Which means that you are more than just a remarkable reenactor." Jerry Tompkins Retired Presbyterian Minister
The last time I saw Curt was in Appomattox, Virginia, where he portrayed General Grant at the Sesquicentennial of Lee’s surrender in April, 1865. That excursion produced this photo:
which I still like to think of as one of the defining images of the Sesquicentennial.
When I first saw that image in the LCD on the back of my camera, I thought I had my “Hindenburg” shot (OK, maybe not quite that dramatic, but you get the idea…).
I don’t know how he does it, but Curt Fields is so well steeped in everything that has ever been written either by or about Ulysses S. Grant that he can hold forth for hours at a time and tell stories about Grant from Grant’s own perspective. The material is all Grant, but the delivery… well, that’s all Curt. He keeps audiences enthralled, and while he has their attention he delivers a rich education on the true history of America’s Civil War and the men who fought, won, and lost it.
Curt Fields is much more than a cliche “Civil War reenactor.” He is the quintessential embodiment of a “living historian.” I’m proud to consider him my friend and I hope these photos capture a little bit of what he brings to the experience.
Paul Schatzkin aka ‘The Matthew Brady of the re-enacted War’
I love listening to his stories! Dr Curt Fields is an awesome living Historian and if you get the chance to attend one of his appearances I highly recommend it!
My friend, Curt Fields, is a living historian and his portrayal of Grant is amazing.
It’s been my honor and privilege to be a “Friend” both on and off Face Book to Prof. Curt Fields…..there Is, in my opinion, NO finer “General U.S. Grant” in the entire community of Civil War Reenactors.
Richard William Baker
Another one of my pictures made the cover of Camp Chase Gazette magazine. Featured on the cover is General Grant, Curt Fields, who does the best Grant portrayal in the land. Curt was Grant at the Appomattox 150th and has worked with the National Parks Service in other roles such as movies and such for their visitor centers.
Jeff Shiflett– Photographer referring to the March-April (2016) cover of the Camp Chase Gazette Magazine
Curt Fields: I saw one of your short films recently, where you were explaining how “you’ had arrayed your army before a battle across the river [maybe Port Gibson?] and it was really quite extraordinary, in both voice & story. And for what it’s worth…in Look & Storytelling ability, you do… far & away… the best U.S. Grant portrayal in the World! Is there a place [website?], where I could watch all the other battlefield shorts you must have filmed?
(Yes, generalgrantbyhimself.com and on Facebook: Curt Fields, General Grant’s Campaigns, Grant: Unconditional Surrender, and President Grant by Himself)
Curt Fields who portrays Grant does an excellent job and really captures the essence of the General. —
A memorable occasion at Appomattox a year ago. Curt Fields and I on hand for the 150th anniversary of the surrender at Appomattox. Curt really embodies U.S. Grant in every way imaginable and he handled the ceremonies with the dignity they deserved. History truly lived that day. Lest We Forget
Dr. Fields sets the standard for such endeavors. His depth of knowledge and performance approach are just remarkable.
“You are so authentic, that even as a military history major from West Point, it was hard to keep reminding myself that I was not, in fact, listening to a lecture from General Grant.”
Roy Shipley USMA Class of 1994
Integrity, intelligence, and inspiration do not always earmark celebrity. The qualities of a true gentleman are always apparent and noticeable but do not necessarily represent the man himself.
The mask of hypocrisy is worn by many who ply their trade by entertaining audiences, individuals, and followers by depending on a scripted dialogue; speaking, moving, and performing on cue.
I recommend all of my Facebook folks to friend Curt Fields, or General Ulysses S. Grant. He has taken upon himself to resurrect history factually, purely, and honestly. when you find one such as he is, it is a worthy find.
Curt works hard at period costuming, language, weaponry, accuracy, and a tremendous team effort with others who join him in keeping the dignity, horrors, lessons, costs, trauma, and causes of the Civil War alive.
His gift of realism, love of character, and energy toward excellence reward the follower with a great deal of satisfaction, and if they will allow it, the feeling that they are right there in the time, place, and essence of the era.
I am impressed and interested in his work, and I believe you will be also if you friend and follow Curt Fields.
I’ve been following your Facebook posts about the activities at Appomattox. I can’t imagine the excitement and honor you must feel in portraying General Grant during this time. Based on everything I’ve seen and heard, the General could not have asked for a better, more devoted person than yourself to carry out the role of remembering his life and service.
Your portrayals of Grant are world class. I believe Grant himself would be impressed. All of us here are (Dallas, TX, CWRT).
John C. Waugh
Author of: “The Class of 1846: From West Point to Appomattox: Stonewall Jackson, George McClellan and Their Brothers” (1994)
Steven Eleftheriadis You really capture Grant’s look of weariness combined with an almost ‘sadness’ too. I see the determination as well. Truly you have done an amazing job to capture the essence of this man. Well done!