Details for Gun Cap Factory (Atlas Number 5171010050)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5171010050


Marker Number 10050
Atlas Number 5171010050
Marker Title Gun Cap Factory
Index Entry Gun Cap Factory
Address 306 W. Main
City Fredericksburg
County Gillespie
UTM Zone
UTM Easting
UTM Northing
Subject Codes manufacturing; Civil War; military topics
Marker Year 1964
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark No
Private Property No
Marker Location
Marker Condition In Situ
Marker Size 18" x 28"
Marker Text In the Civil War, at this site, E. Krauskoff, 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.