Now, we get the odd letter, but never had an actual attack...until today. Here's how it went down on twitter:
SJAdamsBooks: Group of Civil War re-enactors gathered outside of Smart Aleck HQ. In gray. More coming up Grand Ave. This can't be good. #CivilWar2?
SJAdamsBooks: @adamselzer ordered us onto lock-down; I'm on look-out duty. They're calling us yankee revisionist pigs. And they look stinky. #civilwar2?
SJAdamsBooks: Can we handle irate civil war buffs who insist slavery had nothing to do with the war? Armed ones? Hey, man... we drill for this! #civilwar2
SJAdamsBooks: At least we can fight these dudes without proton packs. Most battles we fight for Adam involve proton packs. #civilwar2?
SJAdamsBooks: Gotta say, though, there are some FANTASTIC mustaches among our would-be conquerors...more coming... battle stations, all! #civilwar2?
SJAdamsBooks: We are outnumbered, and having the facts on our side won't win us this battle. But @adamselzer says we're going down fighting. #civilwar2?
SJAdamsBooks: Ranks outside are growing. They're shouting something about "state's rights." Very mad at us for over the civil war chapter. #civilwar2
SJAdamsBooks: And they won't just be debated...we may have to fight this out. We drill for this, but not for a group this size.... #civilwar2
SJAdamsBooks: Our fearless leader, @adamselzer , is going to make a speech before our battle with the civil war re-enactors gathered outside #civilwar2?
SJAdamsBooks: Uh..is it REALLY St. Crispian's day? @adamselzer says it's St. Crispian's day. Making the speech from Henry V. What a maroon. #civilwar2?
SJAdamsBooks: Note: the same speech is in Adam's next book. Shouted out by kids driving a Wells Fargo Wagon full of unicorn poop thru Des Moines. Really.
SJAdamsBooks: "Extraordinary: The True Story of My Fairy Godparent, Who Almost Killed Me, and Certainly never made me a princess" 11/2011
SJAdamsBooks: ( 50 suck-up points, please, boss) </shameless plug> (he's STILL speaking to inspire us pre-battle...who's he think he is? Edward Everett?)
SJAdamsBooks: It's a St. Crispian's Day miracle! Civil War re-enactors disbursing. Adam thinks it's because of his emotional speech and song. #civilwar2?
SJAdamsBooks: I think they responded more to my telling them that the first Chicago Chick-fil-a is about to open on Chicago and Wabash. #civilwar2?
SJAdamsBooks: Glory, glory hallelujah! The smart aleck staff lives to fight another day! I never doubted it. We drill for this, you know.
Actually Civil War re-enactors are mentioned (and not negatively) in SPARKS. What they do is held up as a classic example of "practical time travel," a hobby of one character.