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
26 Jun 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: The Shotgun House on E Street

Most of us on the Hill have noticed the shotgun house that, for many years, stood at 1229 E Street SE, across from the Watkins field. Boarded-up windows and peeling siding showed that its best years were long gone. When the property – including the large open area fronting Pennsylvania Avenue behind it – were […]

19 Jun 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: John Surratt Trial Juror George A. Bohrer

Once again, research on one subject has brought me back to one I looked at many years ago, in fact, one that was part of my first book. While the connection of my house to Mr. George A. Bohrer was fairly tenuous – he was married to the owner of the property on which it was […]

12 Jun 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: The 50th NY Engineers

In today’s post, we return to the Civil War and to a unit that was stationed on Capitol Hill on and off throughout the conflict. Over the next few weeks, we will look at what happened with the land on which they were stationed. With the outbreak of the Civil War, regiments were raised all […]

05 Jun 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: The Devil’s Elbow

When researching Hill history, I often come across names for geographical features that are no longer in use, such as Garrison Street or Navy Yard Hill or Carroll’s Spring Today, I’ll look at a more sinister name once belonging to a landmark which – like Carroll’s Spring– no longer exists. The Anacostia River today is fairly benign, swinging […]

29 May 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: Olive Kimball and His Amphitheater

To those (assumedly exceedingly small number of people) actually reading THIH today, I say, Welcome to beginning of summer! With it being Memorial Day and all, today’s column will be a rerun. This rerun is actually appropriate for the day, as it concerns a Capitol Hill resident’s work building the amphitheater at Arlington Cemetery, site […]

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