Tour dates for Fall 2019

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Mark your calendar for upcoming performances of “Now We Stand by Each Other Always”:

Sept. 21st at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst, NY — 3:00 PM — Admission event

Sept. 28th at the Southeast Steuben County Library, Corning, NY — 2:00 PM — FREE

Oct. 23rd at the Hornell Public Library, Hornell, NY — 6:30 PM — FREE

For more information or to book a show, contact Derek Maxfield at

ECW Speakers Bureau Brochure Now Available

Check it out!

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Our friends at Emerging Civil War have just released a new Speakers Bureau brochure for 2019-20.  It includes some of the most knowledgeable and dynamic people I have ever known (as well as a shortish history professor some of you know).  It is a special group of people dedicated to sharing their scholarship with a broad audience.  Check it out:

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March along with the Generals on their summer campaign


The Generals are on the rampage this summer as they perform “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” from town to town.

Fresh off their debut of all three acts in Pavilion, Gen. Grant and Gen. Sherman are preparing for shows in Akron, Attica and Medina.

The play is based on a series of conversations between the famous Union generals during the Civil War.  The friendship that developed between Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman is a touching story on a personal level, but it also was a recipe for the success of Union arms.  Beginning at Vicksburg in 1863, the play has a nice arch that allows audiences to see the evolution of the partnership between the generals.

Be sure to mark your calendars for upcoming shows:

8/4 @ 2:00 PM – Akron – C. Dee Wright Community Center, 7 Church St., Akron, NY – FREE (indoor performance)

8/24 @ 2:00 PM – Attica – Attica Historical Society, 130 Main St, Attica, NY (outdoor performance)

9/7 @ 1:00 PM – Medina – Genesee Community College, 11470 Maple Ridge Rd., Medina NY – FREE (outdoor performance)

For more information about booking or attending a performance, contact Derek Maxfield at



Rudely Stamp’d Rolls out new acts of “Now We Stand by Each Other Always”

Join us Wednesday and/or Friday as we premiere our new acts!

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IMG_4124Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman once chided a critic of his friend and superior Gen. Ulysses S. Grant by responding that “Grant stood by me when I was crazy, and I stood by him when he was drunk, and now, Sir, we stand by each other always.”

That iconic phrase now serves as the title of a play that will be performed this week at the Pavilion Methodist Church, corner of routes 63 & 19, in Pavilion, on Wednesday, 6/19 beginning at 6:30 PM, and on Saturday, 6/22,  at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village, Amherst, NY at 4:00 PM.

“Now we stand by each other always” was written and is directed by Genesee Community College professor of history Derek Maxfield, who also plays the role of General Grant alongside his GCC colleague Tracy Ford, professor of English, who is General Sherman. Collectively known as “Rudely Stamp’d,” the original one act performance debuted…

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The Spring campaign to kick off with two new acts

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Set the cavalry in motion!  The spring campaign is about to kick-off!

Even if Spring did not bring warmth, Rudely Stamp’d will bring some heat with TWO NEW ACTS for their play “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.”

Debuting in September 2018, our production of “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” has featured one act set in March 1865 in City Point, Virginia.  After more than half a dozen performances, with more booked into March 2020, and critical acclaim, we have decided to build on our success with acts set in Vicksburg, Mississippi and Cincinnati, Ohio.

The premiere of our new three act production will be in Pavilion, NY, on June 19th at the United Methodist Church, 11115 East Park  St., and is being sponsored by the Genesee Valley Civil War Roundtable.  The show begins at 6:30 PM.  Admission is free and open to the public, but donations to the roundtable are encouraged.  The show will be outside, weather permitting.  Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.  In case of inclement weather, the show will be inside the church.

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Just a few days later on June 22nd we will perform at the Buffalo-Niagara Heritage Village,  3755 Tonawanda Creek Road, Amherst.  Show begins at 4:00 PM.  Admission is $12.00.  The show will be outside, weather permitting.  Otherwise, it will be in the ballroom inside the museum.  Folks are encouraged to bring lawn chairs for an outdoor performance.  Heritage Village’s School of the Soldier program (10:00 am to 3:00 pm) and chicken BBQ dinner (3:00 to 4:00 pm) also being held June 22nd.

Prior to the play performance, attendees are invited to join us for an optional chicken dinner from 3:00 to 4:00 pm. Chicken dinners are $10 each and can be reserved when purchasing tickets for “Now We Stand by Each Other Always.” Chicken dinners are pre-pay only and orders must be received with “Now We Stand by Each Other Always” ticket purchases. Walk-in dinner orders are not available.

Tickets may be purchased at or at the museum.  Anyone with questions may call 716-689-1440.

Our new Act I is set in June 1863; Grant and Sherman meet during the siege of Vicksburg to discuss military affairs just weeks before the surrender of the Gibraltar of the West.  Act II takes place in March 1864 in Cincinnati, Ohio; Grant has recently been promoted to Lt. General and is now commander-in-chief of all Union armies.  The generals meet to map out the Atlanta and Overland Campaigns. Act III takes place at City Point, VA – this is the act which we have performed to date.

The three acts together provide a nice arch to the story of the friendship between Grant and Sherman and gives the audience a fuller idea of how it developed.  Moreover, folks will get a good sense of how the pair’s view of the war – and how to fight it – evolved over this crucial two year period.

Please join us at one of these two great events – or perhaps book us for your event!  As always, for more information contact Derek Maxfield (Gen. Grant) at or call 585-293-7189.