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
12 Dec 2017
11 Dec 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: “Noisy Martial Music”

As residents of Capitol Hill, we have become used to strange sounds emanating from local military installations, whether the guns of Arlington Cemetery,  aircraft flyovers, or the sounds of the National Anthem in the morning. While these are usually greeted with a simple,“What was that?” there are also historical precedents that do not accept these […]

04 Dec 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Mollie McDonough

That the Civil War pitted brother against brother is hardly a new insight. Stories of tragic reunions occurring on the battlefield are legion. However, some of the coincidences are more far-reaching. One of these stories begins at the Washington Navy Yard, and ends in Congressional Cemetery– but not in the direct route one would expect. […]

27 Nov 2017


How Falsehoods Become the Truth

Two years ago, I wrote a piece on Anne Royall, a worthy subject if I ever had one. A strong 19th century female who was not only involved in an urban legend, but lived on the Hill, was tried and convicted of being “a common scold” at that time, and ended up being buried in Congressional Cemetery? […]

20 Nov 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: An Ingenious Contrivance

I have previously written about scientific equipment built on Capitol Hill, as well as how the shops of the Navy Yard were used for non-Naval purposes. What I did not realize –until I came across an article in the Washington Evening Star of March 29, 1854– was that these two things had come together at […]

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