25 Jul 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: Armor tests at the Washington Navy Yard

I have previously written variously of new technologies that have been tested at the Washington Navy Yard over the years, from lights to radio. Unsurprisingly, there was also a great deal of interest in new ways of protecting and improving the ships that were being built there. One of the new technologies to be employed […]

18 Jul 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: Francesco Scala and Jack the Ripper

It is not often that my research on the history of Capitol Hill ends up leading to the possible identity of Jack the Ripper, so I will certainly milk this connection for all its worth. It starts with Francesco Maria Scala, the Italian-born leader of the Marine Band for many years. Scala was born about […]

08 Jul 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: The National Capitol Brewing Co.

Today is a day off for most people, and thus time for another rerun (This rerun was meant to run on Monday, but didn’t because we were taking the day off too and oops! Sorry about that. –MHC). And, as it’s the 4th of July, the appropriate topic is beer. I am particularly pleased to […]

13 Jun 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: Blakely’s Rifle

While the suggestion to turn over the Quaker Guns to the Washington Navy Yard that I wrote about last week was really a joke, the Navy Yard did have a number of cannons displayed, both as memorials to previous war as well as to see what the current enemy was up to. Today, we will […]

30 May 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: Ivory Kimball’s Amphitheater

Once again, it’s time for a quiet Memorial Day rerun. This is the story of the building of the Amphitheater, which will be used for services this morning to honor all those who have died while wearing this country’s uniform. More exactly, it is the story of one man who fought to make this building a […]

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