Take a look at this article about the USS Commodore Hull, which can be found on the website of the Cape Fear Civil War Roundtable. There are a number of other short articles available on a variety of topics.
I will be making an appearance at this roundtable's meeting next week. Thursday, January 10 I will be doing a presentation about the USS Underwriter Expedition and the aftermath as it affected the officer corps on board the CSS Neuse. Basically, a number of the officers aboard the Confederate ironclad came to Kinston originally as part of the expedition, then got "stuck" there to help complete the ironclad, train the crew, and serve as the core group of officers. My presentation gives a brief overview of the expedition, then tries to draw out connections between the officers, and possible reasons why they were chosen to remain in Kinston after the expedition was over. It's still a work in progress, but quite the interesting story nonetheless.