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The Confederate Hughes Breech Loading Cannon

Huge $15,000 price reduction!

Hughes Cannon

Only 12 of these were manufactured and this is the only one known to exist. 


Fired a one-pound ball six to eight times a minute!

Barrel Length: 47.5 inches

Bore: 1.5 inches

Wheel Diameter: 33 inches

Breech Length: 19 inches

Originally fired with percussion cap.

Fired with fuse currently.

This cannon can be fired!!!

Extensive information and documents is included with the purchase of this gun!





This fantastic piece is complete with original carriage, original ammo boxes, and the original paint. 


 It has a water jacket around the cast iron barrel as did machine guns -  50 years later! 


This rapid fire breech loading gun was far advanced for its time. 

 On a scale of one to ten we would rate this as a ten in rarity, collectors value, and as an investment.

 Rock Island Auction which sales high end antique firearms sold two confederate cannons about nine months ago.

They both were the type widely used during the Civil War and numerous pieces were manufactured and survive today.

One cannon realized $166,750 and the other $195,500.

Ours is much rarer than either of one of these cannons that were sold at the recent sale.


Priced at well below its wholesale market value of at least: $89,500 US$!

Price just reduced to $64,950 US$

Delivered FREE in the USA!

Reproduction Hughes Cannon on Youtube

Note:  A reproduction of this cannon has been made from this original and you can see it firing at:


Note: We are currently researching this cannon and the history of its use during the battle for Island No. 10. They were with the Pointe Coupee Artillery (CSA, La., 1861-1865) and they, under the command of Capt. Richard A. Stewart, were the first Confederate artillery unit to arrive at Columbus, Ky. They were on the high ridge of the Miss. River firing at the Lexington and Tyler.

The following information was just provided on July 26, 2014:

 "I researched the provenance of this cannon for the National Park Service back in the 1980's when the service was attempting to locate and list every surviving piece of artillery from the Civil War.  My recollection is that it was discovered in a barn out in Kansas.  It was captured by the 7th Illinois Cavalry north of New Madrid, Mo on March 3, 1862.  So, it was used only briefly during the No 10 campaign.  I don't recall it being used at Belmont, but may have been used at Fredericktown.  I would have to find my notes.  For sure though it was brought to New Madrid from Memphis by M. Jeff Thompson."

Battle of Island No. 10 US Civil War 1862  

Additional Information

Street, Hungerford & Company

Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the foundry of Street, Hungerford & Company, operated by Anthony S. Street and Fayette H. Hungerford, employed nearly 100 hands in the production of wagons, railroad cars, plows, and iron castings. Sensing the oncoming war, Street and Hungerford converted their business to cannon and munitions production. Prior to the war, the foundry produced a wide variety of ordinance. After the firing on Fort Sumter, activities were enlarged to include the casting of 6-pound cannon. Street, Hungerford & Company's cannon casting later grew to include Hughes' guns (A small breechloader firing a one-pound ball six to eight times a minute), Parrott guns, and a few heavy guns.

The firm's prior production of a variety of wood products made for an easy transition to the manufacture of gun carriages. The firm produced a large number of such carriages, some of which were made for the guns cast at the nearby Quinby & Robinson plant. There are no known surviving cannon!


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