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
16 Oct 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: John Wilkes Booth Leaves the Hill

I have written of the connections between John Wilkes Booth and Capitol Hill a few times before. Today, I want to look at the coda of the whole affair. After the death of Lincoln’s assassin, one of the uppermost thoughts of those in charge of his body was that neither it nor any part of it be […]

09 Oct 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: A Resource of Paramount Importance

Today is Columbus Day, a Federal Holiday. This means that most government institutions are closed. For the librarians at the Library of Congress, this is not an excuse not to work, but rather an opportunity to show everyone what it is that they do. For this purpose, the main reading room of the Library of […]

02 Oct 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: “Luxurious Enjoyment”

Writing these columns, I sometimes spend hours researching a topic and teasing out numerous strands to build up a coherent narrative and explicate an arcane point of Capitol Hill history. Other times, I find a single article that I just have to share with the world–after spending about five minutes finding a little bit of […]

25 Sep 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Second Baptist Church, Pt. 2

Last week, we looked at the Second Baptist Church, located at 4th Street and Virginia Avenue since the early days of Washington D.C. It was one of the many quiet churches that saw to its parishioners’ spiritual interests with no fuss throughout most of the 19th Century. That would change in with the early 1880s with the […]

18 Sep 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: The Second Baptist Church

The number and variety of churches on Capitol Hill has always been of great interest to me; particularly those that were the first to make their way to this part of the city. Today’s installment is a look at a church that was part of the Hill from the earliest days until 1957. Second Baptist […]

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