I am giving a talk about the New Almaden mercury mine and I could use info about the manufacture of percussion caps during the Am Civil War. It is my suspicion that all caps used in the war were made in US and used mercury from California mines only, both North and South. Do you know of any pertinent records of manufacture, sale or shipment, etc. for such a specific time period and item? What about world wide manufacture of caps during the 1860s? - - - Thanks, Bill Noyes
The above is the question I submitted on-line, and was invited to try asking in this forum. Even a small reference piece would be helpful, a title, name or site. My sense is that world manufacture of caps was taken up by other large armies converting to percussion arms, modernizing, and so both sides in the CW were on their own making their own caps and obtaining supplies. Importing may have been the norm, however.
Thanks for any ideas. - - - BN at firstname.lastname@example.org