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The Betty Strong Encounter Center will present “Unconditional Surrender: A Visit with Ulysses S. Grant,” a one-man show with author and performer Pete Grady, at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Admission will be free; a reception will follow.

Grady will portray the Civil War General and 18th President of the United States in the last weeks of his life as he struggles to complete his autobiography before dying of throat cancer in July 1885. The show will feature period music, photographs and cartoons as Grant reviews his life.

Grady will focus on Grant’s experiences as President and Lieutenant General of the U.S. Army. He also will touch on Grant’s childhood in Ohio, his military service in the Mexican War and his resignation from the U.S. Army and subsequent attempts to support his family as a civilian.

“The audience will experience 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,” says Grady who has presented his show at dozens of venues in Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Missouri.

Grady is retired from the Iowa Department of Justice where he served as an Assistant Attorney General. He is a 1975 graduate of St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, and a 1984 graduate of the University of Iowa’s College of Law. A Marshalltown, Iowa, resident, he has served on the boards of Mid-Iowa Community Action Agency and Marshalltown Community Theatre.