Battle Rattle of CSS Kate
A wooden battle rattle from the CSS Kate. Measures 8 x 7.5 in.
During the Civil War, wooden battle rattles were aboard naval ships to call the crew to their posts during emergencies or to battle stations. They created a sound similar to the firing of many muskets at one time. For the CSS Kate, this rattle might have been used during one of the 20 successful blockade runs preformed by the 165-foot wooden sidewheel steamer. The boat was built in New York by the John Fraser & Co. It ran only for only a year. She ran aground at the Cape Fear river in North Carolina in 1862.