E.C. Fields Jr. and Robert Haldi

E.C. Fields Jr. (left) is shown portraying President Ulysses S. Grant with Robert Haldi, commander American Legion Post 256 in Tellico Lake.

American Legion Post 256 in Tellico Lake recently enjoyed another presentation of Ulysses S. Grant as portrayed by E.C. Fields Jr.

During past visits, Fields has portrayed Grant as the Civil War general, but for this visit he was Grant during his presidency.

After Grant had led the Union Armies to victory in the American Civil War, he was elected as the 18th president of the United States in 1869. Fields laid out the many accomplishments of Grant’s term in office, including his strong focus on Reconstruction with efforts to heal the nation after the Civil War.

Grant supported pardons for former Confederate leaders while also attempting to protect the civil rights of freed slaves. In 1870, he pushed the ratification of the 15th Amendment, which gave black men the right to vote. Grant signed legislation establishing the Department of Justice, the Weather Bureau (now known as the National Weather Service) and Yellowstone National Park, America’s first national park. He also tried, with limited success, to improve conditions for Native Americans, being the first to use the term “Native Americans.”

Grant’s administration made strides in foreign policy by negotiating the 1871 Treaty of Washington, Post 256 said in a news release.

“E.C. Fields’ ability to portray Ulysses S. Grant makes history both enjoyable and personable because you feel like Grant, himself, is standing before you,” said post Public Affairs Officer James Patterson.

For more information about the American Legion, visit the Post 256 website at www.tellicolakepost256.org.

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