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
04 May 2021
03 May 2021


Lost Capitol Hill: Lowe’s Balloon Gas Generators.

I am always trying to connect my two interests of Capitol Hill and airships. Sometimes even with some success. Sometimes, it takes a little more work. Like today. Thaddeus S. C. Lowe was one of the country’s most famous balloonists at the outset of the Civil War, and so it was no surprise that he […]

30 Apr 2021


From the MPD Blotter

Arrests and other crime information in the area, directly from MPD. If you have a tip, you can always call 202-727-9099. You can also send info anonymously to the TEXT TIP LINE by texting 50411. Crime Solvers of Washington, DC currently offers a reward of up to $1,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and indictment […]

29 Apr 2021
26 Apr 2021


Lost Capitol Hill: A Trial fit for a King

Last week, we looked at the attempt by Richard Lawrence to assassinate President Andrew Jackson in 1835. We had left Jackson unscathed. Lawrence remanded to prison, and was there examined by two doctors, who found him to answer their questions in an “artless and unreserved manner.” The examination was reported on in detail by the […]

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