Fredericksburg in Gillespie County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Gun Cap Factory
In the Civil War, at this site, E. Krauskopf, gunsmith, and Adolph Lungkwitz, silversmith, made gun caps. Inventing machinery, they rolled copper thin and cut it to cap-size pieces saltpetre and quicksilver went into the caps, to detonate rifle and pistol ammunition. Saltpetre came from nearby bat caves. Quicksilver and copper had to be brought through neutral Mexico or the coastal blockade.
Rifles, cannon, gunpowder and pistols were made at Austin, Houston, Bastrop, Waxahachie, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, Burnet, Lancaster, Rusk and Tyler.
Erected 1964 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10050.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, US Civil.
Location. 30° 16.681′ N, 98° 52.562′ W. Marker is in Fredericksburg, Texas, in Gillespie County. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (U.S. 87/290) and North Orange Street, on the right when traveling north on West Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 West Main Street, Fredericksburg TX 78624, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Meckel - Hanus Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Kammlah House (within shouting distance of this marker); Hoerster Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Albert Lee Patton Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Republic of Texas German Immigrant Trail (about 400 feet away); St. Mary's Catholic Church (about 500 feet away); Sunday Houses (about 500 feet away); Old St. Mary's Church (Die Alte Kirche) (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Fredericksburg.
Also see . . . Fredericksburg Texas. TSHA Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 112 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.