KINSTON — The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is expanding again.
On March 11, the center will unveil its final phase of permanent exhibitions. Titled “The Civil War in Eastern North Carolina,” these exhibits will examine a variety of Civil War topics, including military causes, engagements and personalities, and the involvement of women and Africans. -Americans during the conflict.
This permanent exhibit includes stories of American Colored Troop soldiers like Sgt. George Johnson, who lost his arm after carrying the American flag amid fierce battle in February 1864.
To help kick off this unveiling, the CSS Neuse Gunboat Association will host an exclusive preview of the exhibit from 6-10 p.m. on March 11. Tickets are $50 per person and include a catered dinner, musical entertainment, and a free alcoholic beverage per person. Tickets can be purchased either at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretation Center or through a special link posted on the site’s Facebook page.
Only 100 tickets are available. All profits are donated to the CSS Neuse Gunboat Association.
In addition to the above activities, the evening will include a raffle and a silent auction. The raffle prize is a handcrafted 14-foot skiff using 19th-century tools and construction techniques. Tickets for the raffle are $10 each or three for $25.
The CSS Neuse is the only Confederate commissioned battleship remaining above water. This was part of a new technology used by the Confederacy to combat the superior manpower and firepower of the Union Navy. Learn about this advance in technology and warfare in eastern North Carolina at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center. The Confederate Navy launched the CSS Neuse in an attempt to gain control of the lower Neuse River and New Bern, but ultimately destroyed the ship to keep it out of Union hands.
The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is located at 100 N. Queen St. in Kinston and is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and active military, $3 for students 3-12, and free for children 2 and under.
The CSS Neuse Center is one of 27 State Historic Sites operated by the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. For more information, call Rachel Kennedy at 252-526-9600, ext. 222.