As part of the 2023 Bishop Hill Civil War Days, General U.S. Grant, as portrayed by Dan Haughey, will be making a speech at the park gazebo on Saturday May 6 at 10 a.m.  This program is free and open to the public.  This special one-person show focuses on Grant’s rise to Civil War Fame. The one-act play is approximately 55 minutes and is well-suited for middle school students, teens, college students and the general adult-out-of-school audience.

Mr. Haughey (pronounced hoy) is a teaching- artist, holds the M. F. A. degree in Playwriting and Play Production from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and studied acting at the Florida State University-Asolo Conservatory for Professional Actor Training. At Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Haughey studied Civil War History with the late Dr. John Y. Simon, former Executive Director of the Ulysses S. Grant Association, and Historical Drama in the university’s Theatre Department.

Among his film and stage credits, Dan has toured MR. U. S. GRANT to schools, museums, and Civil War venues throughout the United States to include the National Park Service, The War Memorial Museum of Virginia, the Tennessee Theatre in Knoxville, SIU-C Museum, and the Old Market House in Galena. He recently performed his U. S. Grant for the National Park Service in celebration of Grant’s Bicentennial birthday at the Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site in St. Louis. The late Charles Bracelen Flood, former PEN American President and author of the book Grant and Sherman and the award-winning Lee: The Last Years, has said of Mr. Haughey’s performance “…I felt that it was an original and exceedingly worthwhile portrayal of a much misunderstood, underestimated man. This isfine theatre: this is Grant as he really was.” Mr. Haughey also has performed in the outdoor historical dramas, TRUMPET IN THE LAND and WILDERNESS ROAD, in Ohio and Kentucky, respectively.
Both symphonic dramas about American history were authored by the Pulitzer Prize Winner, Paul Green.

Travel back in time to the Civil War period and listen to MR. U. S. GRANT, the inspirational story of America’s –and Illinois’–great Civil War General. For more information, about the various family events of Civil War Days, contact the BHHA at 309-927-3899 or go to