By April 22, 1864, now with four additional gunports more than the CSS Albemarle with ten, was ordered into action at New Bern. But, a half mile downriver, low water grounded the vessel on a sandbar.
Attempts were made to refloat the ship, but it wasn't until mid-May with rising water, that the Neuse was freed and returned to Kinston.
In February 1865, Sherman and his troops entered North Carolina and the Neuse went back into action, but not for long.
The CSS Neuse Interpretive Center is open Tuesday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The last guided tour is at 4 p.m.. admission is $5 for adults and $5 for seniors.
I visited it several years ago, shortly after they moved into their new place and look forward to going back to it this summer.