09 Jul

Lost Capitol Hill: July 9, 1864

As we continue our series looking at the news from the Civil War, we get today to July 10, 1864. 150 years ago today, the Union fought a desperate battle on the banks of the Monocacy River, just southeast of Frederick, Maryland. They were attempting to stop Jubal Early’s troops from crossing the river, which […]


08 Jul

Lost Capitol Hill: July 8, 1864

We continue to look at the runup to the attack on Washington D.C. on July 11, 1864 today. As the week leading up to the Battle of Fort Stevens progressed, the news became more and more unclear. Some of this was due to the lack of solid information, but it was partly also due to […]


07 Jul

Lost Capitol Hill: July 7, 1864

In less than a week, one of the more important D.C.-related Civil War sesquicentennial anniversaries (the 150th)  is coming up: The Battle of Fort Stevens, fought on July 11th and 12th in 1864. The story of the battle has been described in many books and articles over the years, but I was intrigued with how the citizens […]


28 Jan

Lost Capitol Hill: Back Rooms and Shady Deals

I have recently looked at some of the aspects of Prohibition on the Hill, looking at the raids of 1931, as well as the production of liquor here. That still leaves one important aspect of the alcohol trade unexplained: The sale thereof. Most was, of course, sold under the counter at establishments that sold “near […]


10 Sep

Lost Capitol Hill: Thomas Law

You’ve all heard the joke: How do you make a small fortune in the [art/wine/horse] business? Start with a large one. Well, add another one to that: The early real estate business on Capitol Hill. No one better exemplifies this than Thomas Law, who arrived here in 1795 with a large fortune — and ended […]