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Thanks to recordings by the Smithsonian, we know.


http://www.smithsonianmag.com/video/What-Did-the-Rebel-Yell-...
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That wasn't at all what I expected!
I particularly liked the hand motions that went with it.

Vickifool

Like to scared my husband, though.
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That sounds just like Democrats when they discovered that the Supreme Cout had appointed George Bush as President.



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A few years ago the Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond took some of that old audio and worked with it to get an idea of what the yell might have sounded like coming from a larger unit on the attack. This video has some discussion of the research with the audio recreation at about the 3 minute mark:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d...

A group of Virginia reenactors also had a go at recreating the yell:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=b...

Between the two, you get some sense of what it might be like to be on the receiving end of a confederate infantry attack, minus the blood and bad feeling of course. The yell seems to have been widespread in southern units but oddly no one seems to know its origin.

Not the yeee-hawing I always supposed it to be.
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