Thursday, April 24, 2014
CSS Neuse Gets Underway and Aground
APRIL 22ND, 1864: More problems for the Union Navy, well sort of, in North Carolina sounds. The ironclad CSS Neuse, Lt. Benjamin P. Loyall, got underway from Kinston and began steaming downriver to operate on the state's inland waters. //// She grounded in the Neuse River just below Kinston and could not be gotten off. //// General Montgomery D. Corse reported: "I fear she will be materially injured if not floated soon. The water has fallen 7 feet in the last four days and is still falling." //// The Confederates could not float the Neuse and nearly a year later, was burned to prevent capture.