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Fort Fisher, NE Bastion. Frank Vizetelly (National Geographic)

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Kinston's CSS Neuse Interpretive Center-- Part 1: "We Removed Our Powder & Stores & Burnt the Vessel"

From the May 19, 2016, Examiner "Kinston Discoveries 2016:  CSS Neuse Interpretive Center recounts ironclad's fate" by Kathy Newbern and J.S. Fletcher.

The CSS Neuse Interpretive Center is located at 100 N. Queen Street in downtown Kinston, North Carolina.

What is left of the wreck of the CSS Neuse is now housed in the center after being under water for almost 100 years and then out in the open air for over another 50 years.

A young officer aboard the CSS Neuse wrote of the ship's tragic end:  All the troops had withdrawn from Kinston & the Yankees 18,000 strong came upon us & not having any prospect of being relieved before our provisions ran out & being in a narrow river where we could not work the ship under fire, after shelling the Yankee cavalry for a little while, we removed our powder & stores & burnt the vessel."

--Old B-Runner

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