01 May 2017


Lost Capitol Hill: A Model Monitor

I have previously written about James Buchanan’s inaugural parade and the model ship built by the men at the Washington Navy Yard for that occasion. This was, it turns out, not the only time they were engaged in a project of this nature. While Lincoln’s first inauguration was a fairly anxiety-riddled affair, with war in […]

01 Aug 2011

Lost Capitol Hill: Thomas Ball and his Emancipation Statue

The statue of Abraham Lincoln in Lincoln Park is not only one of the most iconic images of Capitol Hill, but almost certainly also its most controversial.  From the moment of its unveiling by President Grant in 1876 until today, people have puzzled over the image of a crouching slave towered over by the tall […]

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