Wooden battle rattle stamped "USS Wabash" on edge of rattle and marked "USN 1860" on rim of handle. Measures approx. 13 x 10 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. The USS Wabash saw plenty of action both before and during the Civil War, being launched on October 24, 1855. The Wabash proved instrumental in many Union assaults and advances, including those at Port Royal, SC, Fort Pulaski, GA, Fort Fisher, and the Battle of Pocotaligo. Decomissioned on February 14, 1865, the Wabash ended a successful career in supporting and leading the Union forces to victory.
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