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Lost Capitol Hill: ‘Buck’ Becker

September 29th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol Hill, Capitol Riverfront/ Near Southeast

Last week, I wrote about John Becker’s saloon at the end of 8th Street SE. In researching him, I discovered that his son’s life had been much shorter – and much more interesting. Today, the first installment on the life of Charles Schlagel Becker. Appropriate to the season, it involves baseball.

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Rudi Appl, Capitol Hill Institution, Died Today

July 16th, 2014 · 4 Comments · Capitol Hill, DC

One of the great stories of Capitol Hill came to its inevitable conclusion this morning. Rudi Appl, longtime bartender at Mr. Henry’s Capitol Hill, passed today at about 10:15 am. He was with a good friend at his side, and had just finished a pleasant phone chat with another. I came to know Rudi from […]

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Lost Capitol Hill: July 9, 1864

July 9th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

As we continue our series looking at the news from the Civil War, we get today to July 10, 1864. 150 years ago today, the Union fought a desperate battle on the banks of the Monocacy River, just southeast of Frederick, Maryland. They were attempting to stop Jubal Early’s troops from crossing the river, which […]

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Lost Capitol Hill: July 8, 1864

July 8th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

We continue to look at the runup to the attack on Washington D.C. on July 11, 1864 today. As the week leading up to the Battle of Fort Stevens progressed, the news became more and more unclear. Some of this was due to the lack of solid information, but it was partly also due to […]

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Lost Capitol Hill: July 7, 1864

July 7th, 2014 · No Comments · Capitol Hill

In less than a week, one of the more important D.C.-related Civil War sesquicentennial anniversaries (the 150th)  is coming up: The Battle of Fort Stevens, fought on July 11th and 12th in 1864. The story of the battle has been described in many books and articles over the years, but I was intrigued with how the citizens […]

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