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 Texas State Historical Survey Committee.
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 within walking distance of Meckel - Hanus Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Kammlah House (within shouting distance of this marker); St. Mary's Catholic Church (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old St. Mary's Church (Die Alte Kirche) (about 500 feet away); First Methodist Church (about 600 feet away); The Meinhardt-Pfeil Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Frank Valentin Van Der Stucken (approx. ¼ mile 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 October 4, 2020. It was originally submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 32 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 3, 2020, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.