Grant on the Eve of Victory

ECW’s own Derek Maxfield has a new project underway as part of his history-based theater company, Rudely Stamp’d: Grant on the Eve of Victory.

Set in late March 1865, this one-act play features a conversation between Lt. General U.S. Grant and war correspondent George Alfred Townsend of the New York World.

The play depicts an informal, late-night interview that features Grant’s recollections about Maj. General William Tecumseh Sherman, the Battle of Shiloh, the surrender of Vicksburg, and his thoughts about Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee.

Written and directed by Derek, who also plays Grant, the play also features Jess Scheuerman as Townsend. Previously, Scheuerman performed the part of Julia Grant in “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.”

Fans who are familiar with Rudely Stamp’d’s previous production, Now We Stand By One Another, Always, a series of dialogues between Grant and Sherman, will be disappointed to hear that “Sherman,” Tracy Ford, has retired. For more on Ford’s and Maxfield’s work together, read here.

Anyone interested in booking a performance of Grant on the Eve of Victory should contact Derek at or by calling (585) 478-3753. The play is designed for both outdoor and indoor performances.

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