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Opinion—Smart Fabrics II, Our Second Chance, by Ralph Brill

Letter to the Editor:

"Drawing-in"—15 years. Berkshire Cotton Mills, by Lewis W. Hine; Adams, Mass.; July 10 1916 (National Archives Catalog).
“Drawing-in”—15 years. Berkshire Cotton Mills, by Lewis W. Hine; Adams, Mass.; July 10 1916 (National Archives Catalog).

On 19 February 1861, President Abraham Lincoln visited the Albany Iron Works in Troy, NY in regards to the secret MONITOR IRON CLAD PROJECT. Lincoln was impressed with Troy’s business leaders and asked if they might recommend Cotton and Woolen Mills that might supply thousands of Tents and Uniforms in short order for the Civil War efforts. As there were several meaningful business and personal relationships in place at that time between Troy and Adams, MA – this Region’s Mills received significant Government Orders which helped to propel the Northern Berkshire Fabric Mills into early prominence. Keep Reading

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