CSS Neuse Moves To Downtown Kinston

One of the largest Civil War artifacts found in eastern Carolina is getting a new home in downtown Kinston.

The CSS. Neuse will be moving to the 31,000 square foot CSS Neuse Interpretive Center, a climate control facility, to preserve the ship. The project is a private and public partnership that the city of Kinston says it has been working on for over a decade.

State officials say part of the reason the state is investing in this project is because of the private support.

"This is not a matter of the state just giving money to this project, the state is investing money to this project but they are investing a long with the local community," Secretary of NC Cultural Resources, Linda Carlisle said.

The CSS Neuse is the only confederate commissioned iron clad in existence. It will also be housed with the single largest collection of confederate artifacts ever assembled.


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  • by Rod Location: Greensboro on Apr 24, 2011 at 07:35 AM
    The CSS Neuse was raised( or should I say finished off)in the early 1960's. Much of the Ironclad was destroyed in the process. Only the lower part of the hull remains. However, it is the only Confederate Ironclad above water anywhere close by, and it is time it was protected inside an enclosed building. However I was under the impression there was the remains of another raised Confederate Ironclad in GA or AL. We are lucky we still have some of her(Neuse) around. There is still a complete Confederate Ironclad and the remains of 2 others in the James River in Virginia. They were sunk after Richmond fell.They are buried under many feet of mud and 20-30 feet of water running overhead.These Ironclads made up the James River Fleet, one of them being the CSS Virginia II(2). With the Country and the States out of money, that is where those 3 ironclads will stay. Other words, the CSS Neuse is the only game in town if you want to see the remains of a real Confederate Ironclad close by.
  • by Fact Bringer Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2011 at 12:09 PM
    I had not idea this thing was in Kinston. Fascinating. Can't wait to go see it.
  • by tod on Apr 23, 2011 at 04:51 AM
    if they r talking bout the real CSS NEUSE thats been on display for many years in Kinston that is an artifact, but the pic is of the new model replica of the NEUSE which is great and hopefully will bring tourist dollars and educate people but it is not an artifact the story should be accurate
  • by ryan on Apr 22, 2011 at 11:20 PM
    Tod, why are you complaining about the pic? Does it matter that much? And yes, this is privately supported. Glad they are moving it to a climate controlled area. I've only seen it once and was amazed.
  • by tod Location: 7 springs on Apr 22, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    pic is of the newly built model of the CSS Neuse thats no artifact
  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 06:59 AM
    Read the article again. Its not taxes thats keep this thing, its the private people's money. They donated it. Read again!
  • by General Lee on Apr 22, 2011 at 05:41 AM
    Awesome piece of North Carolina history. I am so glad that this great state spent just a little money to keep this thing intact and to preserve it for future generations to see and learn more about their past from. Let the crybaby tax whining begin.
  • by Bubba on Apr 22, 2011 at 05:39 AM
    Because there is more to life than beer and NASCAR.
  • by Ray Location: K-town on Apr 22, 2011 at 04:10 AM
    Why is our broke state dumping tax payers money into this boat?
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      by snidlee on Apr 23, 2011 at 05:08 AM in reply to Ray
      The same reason they dump money into the useless education system. At least with this saved piece of NC and American history valuable visual lessons will be learned not like graduating idiots that can't read or put together a cohesive sentence.
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