CSS Neuse was built in 1863-64 for the Confederate Navy by Howard and Ellis at Whitehall and Kinston, N.C., on the Neuse River. 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. W. T. Sherman, USA.
Part of the text is incorporated from the United States Navy's Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships, a work in the public domain.