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
07 Oct 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Instrument Maker John Clark

I have long been intrigued by manufacturing on the Hill, and, in particular, the scientific instruments that were built here or by locals. I came across another instrument manufacturer, though one who has remained remarkably resistant to finding out much of what he did, mainly because of his utterly generic name: John Clark. As best […]

30 Sep 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Death and Resurrection

Last week, we looked at Douglas Forrest – pictured at left – who served aboard the Merrimac during the Battle of Hampton Roads. After this, he served in various positions in the military. In 1863, he was sent to carry dispatches to France via a pair of blockade runners. He reached Calais safely after some […]

23 Sep 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: The Forrest Family

I mentioned when I started in on Meads a few weeks ago that he was not the only crewmember of the Merrimac who was buried at Congressional Cemetery, so it behooves me to point out who the other one is: Douglas French Forrest. Born in 1837, he was the son of French Forrest (pictured), a […]

16 Sep 2019


Charles C. Meads pt. 2

When we last looked at Charles C. Meads last week, he had just built three houses on North Carolina Avenue. The year was 1885, and Meads was just getting started. By this time he had moved from his Garrison Street house to the corner of 4th and A Streets, southeast. The reason for this became […]

09 Sep 2019


Lost Capitol Hill: Charles C. Meads

I have spent the last couple of weeks looking at the USS Monitor, and its connection to Capitol Hill. The question therefore arises: What connection does the Monitor’s famous adversary, the Merrimack, a.k.a. the CSS Virginia, have? Turns out, I found one– well, two. But we’ll start with the first one today. Charles C. Meads […]

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