By Associated Press - Saturday, December 12, 2015

KINSTON, N.C. (AP) - Visitors to the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston can learn about Christmas customs of the Civil War during a special program.

The program will be held Saturday after the Kinston Christmas Parade.

Historic interpreters will represent soldiers and civilians who teach about life in war and on the home front. Visitors can also participate in games and crafts from the period.

The Confederate Navy launched the CSS Neuse ironclad to try to gain control of the lower Neuse River and New Bern. Confederates blew up the ship to keep it out of the hands of the Union.

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