Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant is a one-man show about the life and times of the Civil War General and 18th President of the United States. Pete Grady, the author and performer, has performed his show over 100 times at venues in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Missouri, South Dakota, Colorado, and Arizona. Grady is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and resumed performing the show June 1, 2021. The show has been performed at libraries, museums, and community theaters, at outdoor venues, and at gatherings as diverse as a meeting of alumni of the United States Military Academy and as part of the Fort Sisseton, South Dakota Historical Festival. The show has also been presented as dinner theatre.
The program has been described as "a riveting performance that captures the essence of Ulysses S. Grant. Well scripted and perfectly delivered" (Greg Wolk, Missouri's Civil War Heritage Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri) and as “. . . the most engaging program we have ever hosted at the Kirkendall Public Library.. . . . . I highly recommend this program." (Joy King, Kirkendall Public Library, Ankeny, Iowa).
Grady lives in Marshalltown, Iowa. He is a 1975 graduate of St. Ambrose College, Davenport, and a 1984 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law in Iowa City. He served in the Iowa Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General until his retirement in 2016.
About Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant: A performance runs 60-70 minutes, and features period music, photographs and cartoons as Grant reviews his life—an informative, humorous and touching portrayal of the victorious General whose strategy and tenacity won the Civil War, the President who struggled to rebuild his nation after the war and the husband and father whose final efforts were devoted to the financial support of his wife and family. Venues are asked to provide a table/desk and chair for the performance.