11 Jan 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: The Washington Light Guards

Last week, we looked at one of the militia companies that were formed in D.C. after the election of Abraham Lincoln made Washington’s location precarious. Today, we look at another of the companies, this one composed mainly of Navy Yard employees. On January 9, 1861, a meeting was held at the East Washington Library Association, […]

04 Jan 2016


Lost Capitol Hill: Company C of the Union Regiment

I have been looking at the role of the Washington Navy Yard during the Civil War of late, and particularly at the days after Lincoln’s election but before his inauguration, when D.C.’s situation looked precarious at best. In this fraught time, militias sprang up across the city, and the Navy Yard was especially looked to […]

01 Jun 2015


Author Garrett Peck at Congressional Cemetery, Tomorrow 6/2

This is a public service announcement: if you’ve never had the pleasure of meeting Garrett Peck or picking up a copy of one of his books, you are seriously missing out. Luckily for us on the Hill, he will be coming to the Congressional Cemetery chapel tomorrow, June 2 at 7 p.m., to talk about […]

20 Apr 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Benjamin Drummond

I had the honor of leading a tour of Capitol Hill yesterday, focusing on the African American experience during the Civil War here. It gave me the opportunity to research a lot of different people and places that I previously had only known a little about. Today, I want to look at the man whose […]

13 Apr 2015


Lost Capitol Hill: Charles Mason Ford

Last time, I wrote about Albert King, who was present at Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. This week, we observe the sesquicentennial of that terrible day in American history. King was not the only Capitol Hill doctor who assisted the dying President through his last night. Today, I look at another MD, one who later was involved in […]

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