The forerunner of the CSS Neuse was the CSS Virginia. Her sister ship was the CSS Albemarle which was also built in a cornfield along and inland river, like the Neuse. The Albemarle was built on the Roanoke River and both had the same plan of construction.
However, the CSS Virginia and CSS Albemarle both saw a lot more action than the Neuse.
On December 16, 1862, the Union army attacked the Neuse while it was under construction and thought they had destroyed it. But, by mid-March, the finished hull of the ship was floated down the Neuse River to Kinston where work was completed. But delays compounded because of lack of competent shipbuilders and iron plating.