Robert Pohl

Robert Pohl worked for many years as a computer programmer but recovered from that and became a full time stay-at-home dad. With his son now in school, he has expanded his horizons and become a self-taught historian. He has written books about his house as well as Emancipation in the District of Columbia. You can reach Robert at Robert[at]

Robert Pohl
09 Dec 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Michael Shiner

I have in the past frequently alluded to Michael Shiner without going into any further detail about his life and work. Given his importance to our neighborhood, and in particular what we know about daily life at the Washington Navy Yard in the 19th century, I want to take a few weeks to look more […]

02 Dec 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Sayles Jenks Bowen

In writing about the post-Civil War renumbering of the city’s houses last week, I briefly mentioned Mayor Sayles Jenks Bowen, pictured on left. While his connection to Capitol Hill is tenuous, he deserves a second look for his ability to get into trouble. Good trouble, as the case was. Born in Scipio, New York in […]

25 Nov 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Ninth Street East pt 2

As described last week, the house numbering scheme in Washington D.C. through the 1860s was a bit of a mess. And the post-Civil War period in Washington was about nothing if not cleaning up messes – often those created by the huge number of people who had moved to the nation’s capital during that struggle. […]

18 Nov 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Ninth Street East

A few weeks ago (and, I’m sure multiple times in the past) I referred to a street as “F street north,” which of course makes no sense in the current street numbering scheme. I thought it might be wise to have a quick explainer as to how houses used to be referred to and how […]

11 Nov 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Walter Sowerbutts

Last year, in writing about the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, I wrote about the only veteran I could find at the last minute. I was told that there were, indeed, more, and this year I want to look at one of them: a young man with the mellifluous name […]

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