The adversity the Confederacy faced in constructing its rag-tag fleet of ironclad warships is exemplified in its perhaps most-forgotten completed ship, the CSS Neuse. A short supply of iron and suitable transportation, compounded by a lack of skilled labor, stymied the ship’s completion. Her trials, however, sealed her fate as a hard-luck warship.
A Hard-Luck Confederate Ironclad
By J. M. Caiella