Before the pandemic shut down the production, a colleague – Tracy Ford – and I traveled the country performing the three-act play Now We Stand by Each Other Always about the friendship between Union generals Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman. To help us get a better feel for the men we would portray, we visited prominent sites associated with the generals.
Gen. Sherman captured Savannah, Georgia, at the end of his famous “March to the Sea” campaign in December 1864. Sherman rode into the city on December 21.
This was a place that Tracy and I determined we must visit.
And so it was in May 2018 that we rolled into town. It was at least 90 degrees in Savannah that day, and we had planned to shoot some publicity photos in front of Sherman’s headquarters at the Green Mansion. Somehow I convinced Tracy, who portrayed Sherman, to get in full uniform despite the heat. We did not bother to notify anyone in advance of our visit.
The photos turned out great and the tourists that came by on foot and in trolleys were rewarded with the bonus of seeing the general. “Is that Sherman,” I heard folks saying. “Hey, is that the general,” one man asked.
The result of the day was that many more pictures were taken of Tracy than we ever intended – and most not by us.