Photo courtesy of Great Rivers and Routes of Southwestern Illinois.

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John J. Dunphy

Originally published in the August 16, 2009 edition of The Telegraph of Alton, IL. Another version of this column appears in Springhouse magazine (26:6) under the title “Sam Davis 803 Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.” This material is also covered in my book Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois.

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My Work in the February 2023 issue of Failed Haiku

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John J. Dunphy

The theme of this issue was time.

fireplace mantle

its clock permanently stopped on

his wife’s time of death

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circled in black

a date on

the convict’s calendar

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daylight savings time

my car clock adjusted by

our tech-savvy grandchild

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Stellar Possibilities, Zen Koanhead, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree.

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John J. Dunphy

Originally published in the 4/17/11 edition of The [Alton, IL] Telegraph. There’s a chapter on Mary Ann Pitman in my book Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois. Signed copies are available through me at my Second Reading Book Shop.

John J. Dunphy is the author of Abolitionism and the Civil War in Southwestern Illinois, Lewis and Clark’s Illinois Volunteers, From Christmas to Twelfth Night in Southern Illinois, Murder and Mayhem in Southwestern Illinois and Unsung Heroes of the Dachau Trials. He is also the author of the following collections of poetry: Old Soldiers Fading Away, Zen Koanhead, pagan rites, Stellar Possibilities, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree.

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Two Newspaper Columns I Wrote About William Lee, a/k/a “Deaf Bill”

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John J. Dunphy

Author’s note: I wrote these columns a decade apart. The temper and tone of the second column is much different than that of the 1986 piece. Let the record show that Lee was (finally) laid to rest on June 24, 1996.

I also wrote a piece on “Deaf Bill” for issue 3:5 of Springhouse magazine (www.springhousemagazine.com).

St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 10.27.1986

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My poem in the February 2023 issue of bottle rockets

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John J. Dunphy

first day of spring

I draw flowers

in the snow

John J. Dunphy’s poetry collections include Stellar Possibilities, Zen Koanhead, pagan rites, Old Soldiers Fading Away, Dark Nebulae, Bullet Cluster and Touching Each Tree.

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John J. Dunphy

John J. Dunphy owns The Second Reading Book Shop in Alton, IL USA. Google him to learn more about this enigmatic person who is such a gifted writer and poet.