chapter  1
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Reenactment and relative pain

The Civil War isn’t over, and that’s why we fight. We fight to keep the past alive. ——Chuck Woodhead, Civil War reenactor

Now he belongs to the stages. ——Association of Lincoln Presenters’ motto

I reenact things you’ve seen a million times before. Straight things, TV things, and medical things: These are the transactions that we all participate in and memorize accidentally. Then I wiggle my hand and wink and you know that everything I just said was in code, and the real truth is the sick or incredible way you feel.