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Views from the Home Front Symposium at CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center June 10

Emeline Piggot from Carteret County was one of the women serving as a Confederate spy during the Civil War.

Beyond the roar of cannons on the battlefield, many quiet wars were waged unseen during the Civil War. The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center will examine some of those struggles with the “Views from the Home Front Symposium,” Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The symposium complements the Home Front exhibit currently at the CSS Neuse Center.

The Confederate conscription of soldiers, impressment of slaves, and the roles of women during and immediately after the Civil War are topics to be explored. Presenters include Dr. Jaime Martinez, UNC-Pembroke; Dr. Angela Marritt, Meredith College; Michelle Lanier, African American Heritage Commission and William Brown, State Archives of North Carolina.

Guest will have time to view the Home Front exhibit, and to also check out restaurant options in downtown Kinston during the lunch break. The CSS Neuse Gunboat Association is a cosponsor of this event.

Registration includes museum admission and the four presentations and is $15. Students and educators may receive a reduced rate of $10. CEU credit is available for participating teachers. Register by contacting or by calling (252) 526-9600, ext. 222. Online registration is available here.

The CSS Neuse is the only remaining commissioned Confederate ironclad above water. It was part of a new technology that the Confederacy used to combat the superior manpower and firepower of the Union Navy. Learn about this technological advance and warfare in eastern North Carolina at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center. The Confederate Navy launched the CSS Neuse hoping to gain control of the lower Neuse River and New Bern, but ultimately destroyed the vessel to keep it out of Union hands.

The CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center is located at 100 N. Queen St., Kinston, N.C., and open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission: adults $5, senior/active military $4, Students (ages 3-12) $3, ages 2 and under free.

For additional information, please call the site at (252) 526-9600 x223. The CSS Neuse Center is within the Division of State Historic Sites in the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

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