25 May 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: The Original East Front of the Capitol

I recently had a conversation with some fellow tour guides about the changes to the Capitol in the 1950s. I was going to send them a link to this, but could not find it on our web site. So here’s either a rerun, or a first run, article. The United States Capitol has been a […]

27 Apr 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Thomas Jefferson’s Dry-Docks

I have begun the research for a book on the history of the Washington Navy Yard and its neighborhood in earnest. As always, I have come across some piece of arcana which, while not being a great turning point in history (especially as the thing in question was never built) does give some insight into […]

20 Apr 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Benjamin Drummond

I had the honor of leading a tour of Capitol Hill yesterday, focusing on the African American experience during the Civil War here. It gave me the opportunity to research a lot of different people and places that I previously had only known a little about. Today, I want to look at the man whose […]

13 Apr 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Charles Mason Ford

Last time, I wrote about Albert King, who was present at Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. This week, we observe the sesquicentennial of that terrible day in American history. King was not the only Capitol Hill doctor who assisted the dying President through his last night. Today, I look at another MD, one who later was involved in […]

23 Mar 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Raising the 1st USCT

I have written before of the church that once stood just south of the Capitol; on its use by the Israel Bethel congregation; and on how it played host to the mustering of the 1st Regiment, United States Colored Troops in 1863. As next month I will be giving a tour of the Hill which […]

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