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Ulysses S Grant in Character

Grant laid plans for the major features of what he called “sanguinary war”. He and General Sherman pored over maps and planned simultaneous attacks with Richmond and Atlanta, the armies of Lee and Johnston, as targets. The new strategy was reducible to two points: unity of command and “attrition of power of the Confederate armies by a continuous series of battles.” By mid-April 1864 Grant had issues specific orders to each commander of the Federal armies that were to execute the grand strategy. In round numbers the Union armies were sending 300,000 combat troops against 150,000 Confederates defending the invasion paths.

Impressionist Brian Withrow portrays Ulysses S. Grant in 1864-65 from the period of his appointment to the rank of Lieutenant General to the end of the war.

Born in Carrollton Illinois to an Air Force Father, Brian spent the early years on the move until settling long-term in Las Vegas Nevada. Brian graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Anthropology-Archaeology from Northern Arizona University in 1987 and concurrently earned a commission in the United States Air Force through the AFROTC Program. Brian retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving over 20 years as a Munitions & Aircraft Maintenance Officer of distinguished accomplishment in positions at Headquarters United States Air Force, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and as a Munitions Squadron Commander at Ellsworth AFB. While serving, he pursued an interest in graphics and multimedia presentation and graduated with a Masters Degree in Information Technology.

Over the past fifteen years as a historical reenactor and impressionists, Brian fulfilled a personal devotion to public edification on the experiences of the ordinary soldier during the American Revolution and the Civil War through interactive presentation. He’s performed thousands of hours of volunteer service for living history programs at nationally renowned historic sites operated by the National Park Service, State and Local Historic Parks, and Private Museums. Brian’s conducted lectures, demonstrations, and historical vignettes to present soldier’s personal reflections obtained through research of letters, diaries, and other primary sources. He’s stimulated an understanding of inanimate artifacts on display in exhibits through observable and/or interactive demonstration of their use. Brian has served as a Military Staff organizer, advisor, and participant in numerous battle reenactments including the 150th of Gettysburg.

He served as a director on the board of the Friends of Stafford Civil War Sites working on the creation of the Stafford Civil War Park that opened in April 2013. Brian resides in Stafford Virginia with his wife Nancy.

Join us September 26, 2018 and help the Round Table welcome General Grant to Fredericksburg.

 

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