The Vessel Runs Aground, April 22, 1864 - In its first foray into action, the Neuse runs aground in the shallow waters of its namesake. Though the bow remained afloat, the Neuse was stuck fast until rising water freed the vessel in mid-May 1864.
This weekend, the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is holding a grand opening, ribbon cutting and a 150th commemorative program marking the anniversary of the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse. Events include lectures, living history demonstrations, and displays about military and civilian life, battlefield tour of Wyse Fork and live music. Mac McKee speaks with Site Interpreter Holly Brown about the history of the Civil War ironclad CSS Neuse and the free event this weekend.
A gravesite mystery at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island has been solved. This week on the Down East Journal, the life and legacy of Richard Etheridge, keeper of the nation’s first all-black lifesaving station. And, a living history program in Kinston commemorates the Battle of Wyse Fork and the final days of the CSS Neuse. Those stories and more, on the Down East Journal, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturdays at noon on News and Ideas.
In the final year of the 150th anniversary commemoration, more stops to the North Carolina Civil War Trails guide have been added. We’ll talk about the most recent additions and local sites closer to home.
We hear the latest on the Highway 70 bypass project in Kinston and how it might impact a historic battleground site.
Officials are now in the process of deciding the best way to facilitate construction of a new bypass on Highway 70 in Lenoir County with the least amount of impact to a historic Civil War battleground site. Lenoir County Commissioner J. Mac Daughtry is also chairman of the Lenoir County Transportation Committee. He says the highway project is intended to make travel to the coast quicker, and transport of goods across the state easier.
This week on the Down East Journal, the latest on the Highway 70 bypass project in Kinston and how it might impact a historic battleground site. Plus, its muscadine grape time in eastern North Carolina. Learn how you can grow this native fruit in your own backyard during the Garden Journal. And, new music drawn from the old-time tradition out of Carrboro from the duo Mandolin Orange and their latest CD. Listen for those stories and more, Friday at noon on all of the PRE stations. And Saturday at noon on PRE, Public Radio East, News and Ideas.