Unconditional surrender

Humanities Iowa program to look at the last year of Ulysses S. Grant’s life

Peter J. Grady as President Ulysses S. Grant

President Ulysses S. Grant will make a visit to Webster City Saturday afternoon as Humanities Iowa presenter Peter J. Grady performs “Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant.”

The program will be held at the Mulberry Center Church on the grounds of Wilson Brewer Historic Park at 1 p.m. There is no charge to attend the program.

Grady, who bears a striking resemblance to the 18th President of the United States, will share parts of the last year of Grant’s life. Grant was dying of throat cancer and was penniless. His investment firm was bankrupt and as he had resigned from the military to serve as President of the United States, there was no military pension.

Grant was assured by by Samuel L. Clemens, aka Mark Twain, that if the president could complete his autobiography, the book would earn enough income to care for Grant’s family after his death.

The one-hour, one-man show uses period music, photographs, cartoons, maps and drawings to explore Grant’s successes and failures in military and civilian life. Organizers say the presentation will offer a new understanding of the commanding general of the army and president, a man that many called “The Man Who Saved the Union.”