AN UNCOMMON THOUGHT

"The real trick to life is not to be in the know, but to be in the mystery."
-Fred Alan Wolf

07 August 2016

Story.


There's a mutual simmering resentment between historians and re-enactors. It's not a war or a battle - the hackneyed terms used for any controversy in Gettysburg - but it is a tension over who should tell the story of the war and how.

Call it the eggheads versus the interlopers.

Like any good American feud, it includes perceived differences in class, propriety, work ethic and honor.

The professional historians are clearly the establishment, and the re-enactors the literally unwashed masses.

But it's not a black and white, blue and gray kind of spat. It gets complicated.

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