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CSS NEUSE | US Civil War Ironclad

Updated on November 12, 2012

CSS Neuse | Confederate Ironclad of the US Civil War

The CSS Neuse was a sister ship to the CSS Albemarle. The CSS Neuse was one of 22 ironclads commissioned by the Confederate navy. Having a wide, flat bottom, the vessel resembled a river barge. When completed, the twin-screw steamer was plated with iron armor and measured 158 feet long and 34 feet wide. Delays in construction, low water, and lack of ground support prevented the gunboat from entering combat below Kinston. When Union troops occupied Kinston in March 1865, the Neuse was burned by its crew, resulting in a large explosion in her port bow, which sank the vessel.

CSS Neuse: A Question of Iron and Time

The only full historical background, recovery of artifacts from the wreck, the architecture, and a complete inventory of the remaining artifacts relating to the ship, CSS Neuse

Iron Afloat: The Story of the Confederate Armorclads

by William N. Still

Everyone knows the story of the battle of the Monitor and the Merrimack. But how many people know the story behind the Confederacy's attempt to build a fleet of armorclad vessels of war? Built from converted steam ships, built on riverbeds and cornfields. Learn how the Confederacy built a fleet of ironclads that were more than a match for anything from the Northern invaders.

CSS Neuse

The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender

The CSS Virginia: Sink Before Surrender Published by The History Press

by John V. Quarstein

The morning the CSS Virginia (formerly the USS Merrimack) slowly steamed down the Elizabeth River toward Hampton Roads on March 8, 1862, naval warfare changed forever. Wooden sailing ships became obsolete, armored, steam-powered vessels where the new dreadnaughts. Little did the ironclad's crew realize that their makeshift warship would achieve the greatest Confederate naval victory. The trip was thought by most of the crew to be a trial cruise. Instead, the Virginia's aggressive commander, Franklin Buchanan, transformed the voyage into a test by fire that forever proved the supreme power of iron over wood.

The Virginia's ability to beat the odds to become the first ironclad to enter Hampton Roads stands as a testament to her designers, builders, officers and crew. Virtually everything about the Virginia s design was an improvisation or an adaptation, characteristic of the Confederacy's efforts to wage a modern war with limited industrial resources. Noted historian John V. Quarstein recounts the compelling story of this ironclad underdog, providing detailed appendices, including crew member biographies and a complete chronology of the ship and crew.

CSS Neuse Full Scale Replica

Moving the CSS Neuse

For more on this story see: CSS Neuse Gets A New Home

CSS Neuse | The Worlds Only Full Size Replica of a Civil War Gunboat

The Monitor Boys: The Crew of the Union's First Ironclad

The first ironclad built by the US Navy, the USS Monitor. No sooner was it finished than it went into battle at Hampton Roads, Virginia on March 9, 1862. You've read about the battle, now learn about the men who served on this historic ship, that was like no other ship before it. "The Monitor Boys" as they called themselves. This crew of about 100 men and officers lived and worked together during battles, storms, boredom and finally disaster.

CSS Neuse, Ironclad Gunboat

Ironclad Down: USS Merrimack-CSS Virginia from Design to Destruction

Ironclad Down by Carl Park is the result of over fifteen years of research, This book is filled with detailed information about one of history's most famous vessels, the CSS Virginia. Carl Park spends time describing the incredibly interesting characters of the time, like John Mercer Brooke and John Porter, the designers of the CSS Virginia and Stephen Russell Mallory, Confederate Secretary of the Navy. Park describes the ship, how it was built and every detail you can think of.

Carl Park, a modeler with articles in Fine Scale Modeler originally intented to build an accurate model of the ship. He found out quickly that trying to reconciling the conflicting and incomplete information about the CSS Virginia stopped his plans. He never built the model. In its place he wrote Ironclad Down, a valuable addition to naval history.

The Story of the CSS Neuse

CSS Virginia Limited Edition

CSS Virginia, Limited Edition

This is a full assembled ready for display museum quality replica of the CSS Virginia, formerly the USS Merrimack. This model is 34" long by 7" wide and 9" high, 1/96 scale. Built of high quality wood and brass detail parts. These museum-quality scale Civil War replicas of one of history's most famous warships produced as Limited Edition ironclad models of the famous CSS Virginia, are certain to enthrall even the most discriminating naval historian or Civil War buff.

What happened to the Civil War Ironclads?

Final Resting Places

CSS Neuse, Albemarle type. Destroyed to prevent capture in Neuse River near Kinston NC 14 Mar 1865. Wreck raised in 1964, on display at Kinston NC.

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CSS ALBEMARLE, Ironclad of The Roanoke, Civil War Armorclad
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CSS TEXAS | US Civil War Ironclad
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