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
18 Feb 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Lincoln United States Army Hospital

As usual, my President’s Day post is a rerun. In the past, I have either given an overview of presidents on the Hill or simply shilled for the Library of Congress open house, which is happening again on its accustomed day this year. Instead, I want to look way back to one of my first […]

11 Feb 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Maria Branson

As anyone who’s read my book on Capitol Hill scandals can attest, I find great amusement in the foibles of local residents, both high and low. It seems as though any reason to be arrested has been attempted by the good citizens of the Hill. Sometimes, however, there is something new under the sun. Take, […]

04 Feb 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Walter S. Ludington

On Thursday, March 2, 1905, a young man from St. Louis found solace from the freezing weather that had gripped the nation’s capital in a local Turkish bath. The bath did not have its intended warming effects, but rather, he found himself seized by “severe chills,” enough that the attendants raised the alarm and had […]

28 Jan 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: The New Smallpox Hospital, pt 2.

When we last looked at the smallpox hospital in Reservation 13, the job of designing it had been transferred from an accused felon to a local draftsman. A few months later, the contract to build the hospital was given to Columbus Thomas of C. Thomas & Son. There were some delays in the project, partly […]

21 Jan 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: The New Smallpox Hospital

A few months ago, I began to write about the smallpox hospitals in Reservation 13. After writing about two of them, I found myself distracted by other shiny objects and failed to look into the third structure built there for this purpose. I was advised of this recently by a reader, and so here is […]

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