confederate ironclad comes to life in kinston
Did you know the Outer Banks played a critical role in the Civil War? We found this great blog about it over on the Joe Lamb Jr. & Associates website. Turns out, among other things, the Outer Banks was the site of the first significant Union victories of the conflict. To stop the Union advance into North Carolina, the Confederate Navy conceived the idea of building an ironclad riverboat that would threaten Union forces operating around the Neuse River. The ship sank before it could be put to use and efforts are underway to finish the raising of the CSS Neuse.
“Beginning it’s journey to the Pamlico Sound at the Falls of the Neuse just north of Raleigh, the Neuse River twists and turns its way for almost 250 miles. It would hardly seem to type of body of water that would harbor a warship, yet during the Civil War, the Confederate Navy created an ironclad river boat, the CSS Neuse, in the hopes of thwarting Union advances.”