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The O:JA&L Masters Series
Flash Fiction

Featured Writer: Michael Martone


From The Tiny Book of Forts. Click on the title to explore more of Martone’s work in the new PDF chapbook available now as a free offering from O:JA&L’s Buttonhook Press.

General Anthony Wayne by Alonzo Chappel

They are still finding bones that work their way up in the spring. Cannonballs too. Lumps of lead in the lawns. In 1891, when they excavated the site, they reinterred remains of 1.200 people. Most were of St. Clair’s slaughtered soldiers. Some, Wayne’s dead. Wayne, when he arrived, knew this was the place. The bones of the unrecovered dead littered the ground, had to be moved into heaping piles to make space for the Legionnaires’ beds. He pissed into the Wabash and ordered built two blockhouses and a stockade. Wayne considered “Revenge” but settled on “Recovery.”


About the writer: Michael Martone is an American author. A prolific writer, he has published 30 books and chapbooks. From 1996 to 2020, he was a professor at the University of Alabama where he taught in the Program in Creative Writing. Martone is now retired.

Image: General Anthony Wayne by Alonzo Chappel (1828-1887). Steel engraving. No size specified. 1862. Public domain.

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