I live in Dickeyville, a National Historical Site inside Baltimore City limits. It has been a mill site since 1811, then part of Baltimore County. The Wethered family bought the small existing Franklin Company paper mill and Woollen mill in 1829 and greatly expanded the woollen mill capacity. A second mill was added in the 1840s. We in the historical committee of our community association are trying to determine the verqacity of the long held belief that the Ashland Manuf. Corp., as the Wethered mills came to be organized as, had contract(s) with the Confederate States of America for grey woollen cloth. Allegedly Federal troops stationed in Maryland intercepted and confiscated a large wagonload of such grey woollen cloth and forced the company to only manufacture for the Federal U.S. Govt.
Do you have any information about any such contract with the CSA? Thank you for your time and any assistance.
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