Thursday, March 11, 2010

The Rebel Yell

Wow. I first saw this on Chris Pramas' Facebook. The Museum of the Confederacy (a really cool place to visit for history buffs, by the way) has recordings from Confederate vets in the 1920s and 30s trying to emulate the "Rebel Yell". From these, they've recreated the sounds of the Yell as it may have seemed from a mass of angry Rebel soliders. It doesn't sound like what I thought it would sound like, but when you get hundreds or even thousands of people screaming at the same time, you see why that would scare the crap out of the Yankees.

If I ever get to run my Civil War Spies campaign, I need to get that on the soundtrack.

(Sorry to get your hopes up, Billy Idol fans).


ATOM said...


Marjasall said...

I'm a Civil War buff and had ancestors on the Confederate side (my great-great grandfather for one) so this is extremely interesting to me. I'm glad someone was able to record that yell. Thanks for sharing it!

Marjasall said...

An additional thought on the question of it's origins... my first 'guess' would be that they may have copped it from the Indians. It sounds just like an indian war cry to me.

Carpe Guitarrem said...

Dude. That was insane.

Joseph said...

That was effing awesome. My wife and I have been watching Kevin Burn's The Civil War, and they repeated the claim that the Yell had been forever lost.

I'm very excited that such "memetic fossils" are still out there waiting to be recovered!