Kinston in Lenoir County, North Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
The Story of CSS Neuse
Following the Battle of Wyse Fork in March 1865, Capt. Joseph Price took Neuse downriver to delay the Union army while Confederate forces evacuated. The evacuation complete, the crew set fire to Neuse and abandoned her. The scuttled vessel sank to the river bottom where it rested for nearly a century. No serious efforts were made at recovery until 1961. For three years, salvagers worked to dig Neuse out of the mud. In 1964, the state of North Carolina took possession of the gunboat and developed it as a tourist attraction and state historic site.
"I felt a wonderful spirit of resignation... as I saw the nose of that engine of death stuck fast in the mud." - Chaplain Henry S. White, 5th
Erected by North Carolina Civil War Trails.
Marker series. This marker is included in the North Carolina Civil War Trails marker series.
Location. 35° 16.015′ N, 77° 37.28′ W. Marker is in Kinston, North Carolina, in Lenoir County. Marker is at the intersection of Richard Caswell Grave Road and West Vernon Avenue (U.S. 70/258), on the right when traveling east on Richard Caswell Grave Road. Touch for map. Located in the CSS Neuse and Caswell State Historic Site. Marker is in this post office area: Kinston NC 28504, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Moving the CSS Neuse (within shouting distance of this marker); Grave of Richard Caswell (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ram Neuse (about 600 feet away); Richard Caswell (about 600 feet away); John Taylor Wood, CSN (approx. 2.2 miles away); Cat Hole (approx. 2.2 miles away); CSS Neuse Confederate Ironclad Gunboat (approx. 2.2 miles away); CSS Neuse (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kinston.
More about this marker. Across the bottom of the marker are artist impressions of the career of the Neuse - CSS
Also see . . . CSS Neuse and Caswell Historic Site. (Submitted on May 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.)
Categories. • War, US Civil • Waterways & Vessels •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 855 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 8, 2010, by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia.