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Civil War ironclad gets new home in Kinston

Posted July 18, 2013

Almost 150 years after taking part in the Civil War, the Confederate warship CSS Neuse settled into a new home on July 18, 2013, with the opening of a Kinston museum in its honor.
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— Almost 150 years after taking part in the Civil War, a Confederate warship settled into a new home Thursday with the opening of a Kinston museum in its honor.

The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center will allow people to view the ironclad for free every Tuesday through Saturday. Some parts of the exhibit remain under construction, however, so the whole museum won't open until next summer.

"This is a dream come true for a lot of people here in Kinston, and they've been waiting for this for a long time," said Andrew Duppstadt, assistant curator of education for the North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites.

The Neuse was built late in the war and participated in one skirmish in 1865. It was later scuttled and spent about a century at the bottom of the Neuse River.

"When my dad was a little boy, this boat was still in the Neuse River, and when the river would get really down low, he and his friends would go actually play on it. They'd swim around it and play on it," said Nancy Parks, a Lenoir County resident.

The ship was brought to the surface in the 1960s, and it spent the past few decades on display at an outdoor location in Kinston. The museum will allow better preservation of the artifact.

"We're just glad now that it's found a good home where it can be safe," Parks said.

State officials also dedicated a highway marker to the CSS Neuse in front of the Lenoir County Courthouse, about a block from the museum.

"It's real exciting to be able to have it in here finally," Duppstadt said.

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  • Lightfoot3 Jul 19, 2013

    "you mean the "War of Southern Foolishness"." - Orthodox Celt


    The correct phrase is "War of Northern Aggression".


    "Revisionist history by any other name." - Orthodox Celt


    Preserving Condeferate history is not revising history. It's simply history.

  • Spartacus Jul 19, 2013

    Mother Earth Brewery sounds pretty good! I need to give it a try. Thanks Jimm57.

  • Jimm57 Jul 19, 2013

    The Ironclad is the best thing in Kinston after Mother Earth Brewery! Awesome beers being made there and its a nice brewery too!

  • Spartacus Jul 19, 2013

    Wilmington was an extremely important port for the Confederacy. It is very appropriate that this museum is located in North Carolina. Congrats to all involved!

  • Orthodox Celt Jul 19, 2013

    "The naval aspect of the war between the states has never been given the attention it deserves."

    you mean the "War of Southern Foolishness".

  • Spartacus Jul 19, 2013

    This is great! There are very few museums, if any, that can display a true Confederate ironclad. Kinston, and North Carolina, have something really special here. The naval aspect of the war between the states has never been given the attention it deserves.

  • Cock a doodle doo Jul 19, 2013

    Whether they like it or not, this is a part of the history of North Carolina. You can't rewrite history.

    I totally agree. We must continue to teach that white people in the South enslaved black people and were traitors to the United States, but Liberty prevailed, and the irony is that white people will soon be in the minority in this country.

  • Orthodox Celt Jul 19, 2013

    "I support Confederate History in the Old north State"

    Revisionist history by any other name.

  • Orthodox Celt Jul 19, 2013

    "How can you learn from history if you simply choose to forget it?"

    Agreed, Johnny, much like so many here in the South will never learn because they keep trying to forget that they lost.

  • JohnnyMcRonny Jul 19, 2013

    "Seems like a part of history we should forget. Not just because I'm "Black", but because it's a time when people were not equal." - hfk58

    I find this baffling. It happened - right or wrong. It's part of history. Do you want to rewrite it? If we ignored history where there was lack of equality then there'd be no history. Should we ignore the Nazi concentration camps? Or US hiatory because of how Native Americans have been treated? How can you learn from history if you simply choose to forget it?

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