Thursday, January 27, 2011

Have Breakfast on a Confederate Ironclad

I sure wish I was in North Carolina right now as I sure know where I'd be this coming Saturday.

From the Jan. 26, 2011 ENC Today "Breakfast to be served on the CSS Neuse II Saturday."

If you come to Kinston, North Carolina, this Saturday, you will have the opportunity to eat aboard a full-size replica of a Confederate ironclad, the CSS Neuse, only you'll definitely be eating better than what the average Confederate sailor could expect.

This is a fund-raiser for the vessel and part of it will also be the kick-off of the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War, what they're calling a sesquicentennial, in Lenoir County. You'll also get to witness the second part of the secession debate which will start tomorrow.

It will cost you $7 for the Southern-style breakfast which will include eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, coffee and juice which will be cooked on the gunboat grounds and shuttled inside.

Confederate sailors would have probably had salt pork and hard tack, maybe coffee if they were lucky and fish if they caught them.

In addition to the breakfast, the Carteret Greys, a five-piece band will be playing Civil War-era music and there will be a re-enactment by Riley's Battery on land. Visitors can also view the new 6.4-inch, 12 foot long Brooke rifle. Tours will be given of the Kinston battlefields as well.

Sounds like a full-day of events.

Eat Mo' Eggs. --Old B-R'er

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