The CSS Neuse State Historic Site tells the unique story of a Confederate ironclad gunboat and the men who built and served aboard her. The small town of Kinston, North Carolina, where the gunboat presently resides, found itself on the frontlines of the Civil War for most of the conflict. A few miles east, New Bern fell to Union forces early in the war and was never recaptured by Confederate forces, despite several attempts. The Confederate Navy constructed the Neuse, a shallow-draft gunboat with iron plating on its sides, for the primary purpose of assisting in the assault on Union forces occupying New Bern. This unit will explore this fascinating part of the North Carolina Civil War Experience in greater detail.
This education program, designed for 8th grade students, is one in a series that provides comprehensive, site-based learning experiences concerning the state's Civil War history. The program is a stand-alone unit, but its value is multiplied when combined with one or more additional units. Each program contains at least one supplemental lesson plan. These plans work best in support of the on-site activities, but can also be used if a site visit is not possible.
The story of the CSS Neuse is a component for meeting the following NCSCS Goals for 8th Grade Social Studies:
The story of the CSS Neuse is a component for meeting the following National Standard for the Social Sciences: