J. Thomas Scharf was from Baltimore and served in the Confederate Navy before writing its history. The mamoth book, some 912 pages was published in 1886. In it, he relied on the memories of fellow Confederate sailors, the scant records that survived the war and his own personal collection.
In his book, he notes that the CSS Neuse's last commander, Richard H. Bacot, was, in 1886 an engineer on the Missouri River.
Scharf wrote that: "The companion boat of the Albemarle that was building on the Neuse River, was destroyed by a raid of the Federal forces under Gen. Foster; and later, the ram Neuse, in the Cape Fear River, was destroyed by the Confederates on the retreat of Gen. Hardee, after the battle of Kinston.
There is a lot of misinformation here. The Neuse was damaged by Foster's troops in 1862 and it was never in the Cape Fear River which goes nowhere near Kinston.
But, considering his sources, problems like this are bound to happen.
More to Come. --Old B-Runner