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).