CSS Neuse

CSS Neuse

Namesake: Neuse River
Launched: November 1863
Commissioned: April 1864
Fate: Burned to prevent capture, March 1865

General Characteristics
Type: Ironclad ram
Length: 152 ft (46 m)
Beam: 34 ft (10 m)
Draft: 9 ft (2.7 m)
Armament: 2 × 6.4 in (160 mm) Brooke rifles

The CSS Neuse was an ironclad warship of the Confederate States Navy during the American Civil War. The remains of the ship can now be seen at an exhibit in Kinston, North Carolina as the CSS Neuse State Historic Site and Governor Caswell Memorial. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

She was fitted with two 6.4-inch (160 mm) Brooke rifled cannon (similar to a Parrott rifle). Each weighed more than 12,000 pounds.

Launched in November 1863, Neuse sailed in April 1864 for duty on the inland waters of North Carolina as part of the force under Comdr. R. F. Pinkney, CSN. Shortly thereafter she grounded off Kinston and remained fast for almost a month. She never left the river, and in March 1865 she was burned by the Confederates to escape capture by the Union Army under Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman.

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