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Green Dan
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Being an uneducated Brit, I just learnt that the "Rebel Yell" is more than just a quality Billy Idol song. Apparantly it was a yell made by the rebels on the attack in the American civil war (of which I know very little). But, more interestingly, apparantly the sound of the Yell is much debated by civil war buffs. So, Civil War Buffs of the Geek, what do you think the yell sounded like? (via the medium of text, unless your feeling adventurous!)
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I have read some books where they tried to describe it in text. Funny, but I don't remember the descriptions. It may have been in McPhersons Battle Cry of Freedom.
 
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This website has a recording of a very old Confederate veteran doing a rebel yell for a radio station in the 1930s (I think). Just one guy, of course - multiply it by a few thousand to get the battlefield version.

http://www.26nc.org/History/Rebel-Yell/rebel-yell.html
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Check You Tube. I'm sure some re-enactors have recorded their interpretation.
 
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Shelby Foote has it has high pitched -- I imagine it as something people do at rock concerts. He also claimed the Union yell was a deeper pitched roar.
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Why yes...I believe your answer lies here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESWHZWiiK3k&feature=related

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Here is a series of clips of Shelby Foote, mostly from the Civil War series I assume. His description of the Rebel Yell is about 4 minutes in.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBghmvRMluY&feature=PlayList&...
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This website has a recording of a very old Confederate veteran doing a rebel yell


I know that guy was 90 years old, but man it certainly sent a shiver up my spine. Can only imagine what several thousands of much younger men doing that would have sounded like... armed with rifles and heading your way.
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Wow! That was creepy! Now I can certainly justify this Battle Card in my soon-to-be-published game

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/685478/gettysburg-the-whe...

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wifwendell wrote:
This website has a recording of a very old Confederate veteran doing a rebel yell for a radio station in the 1930s (I think). Just one guy, of course - multiply it by a few thousand to get the battlefield version.

http://www.26nc.org/History/Rebel-Yell/rebel-yell.html


That's pretty creepy, even on it's own! If you were camped out in the woods, somewhere far from home, that would creep you out. At least, if not you, then me.
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If you play this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzOAbekZoOc&feature=PlayList&...

and the long version here:

http://www.26nc.org/History/Rebel-Yell/rebel-yell.html

at the same time it forms a definite chourus to my ears, that would certainly worry me a bit.

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If you play this (from 17 seconds onwards):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzOAbekZoOc&feature=PlayList&...

and the long version here:

http://www.26nc.org/History/Rebel-Yell/rebel-yell.html

at the same time it forms a definite chourus to my ears, that would certainly worry me a bit.

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wifwendell wrote:
This website has a recording of a very old Confederate veteran doing a rebel yell for a radio station in the 1930s (I think). Just one guy, of course - multiply it by a few thousand to get the battlefield version.

http://www.26nc.org/History/Rebel-Yell/rebel-yell.html

Sounds like a wounded chihuahua.
 
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This website has a recording of a very old Confederate veteran doing a rebel yell


I know that guy was 90 years old, but man it certainly sent a shiver up my spine. Can only imagine what several thousands of much younger men doing that would have sounded like... armed with rifles and heading your way.


ditto and well said!
 
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wifwendell wrote:
This website has a recording of a very old Confederate veteran doing a rebel yell for a radio station in the 1930s (I think). Just one guy, of course - multiply it by a few thousand to get the battlefield version.

http://www.26nc.org/History/Rebel-Yell/rebel-yell.html

Sounds like a wounded chihuahua, that's been turned into a hideous creature of nightmare by an evil mage.


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Hey thanks! And that sound clip where the calls were all multiplied was interesting, I wonder what some modern computer wizardry could do with it. There is another one at this link where they multiply Thomas Alexander's call (About 3 minutes in).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ssLMroT2euQ&feature=PlayList&...

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Could have sounded something like this: http://www.mediafire.com/?m5gjqwtgmjz
 
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Interesting, but perhaps a bit too much echoing. When you get right down to it, none of these magnification efforts has the creepy power of the original recording. In fact I think I'll take that sound clip and stretch it out to about 5 minutes. Then next time I play the Rebs in a Civil War game I can crank it up to full volume whenever its my turn. Actually probably would be better to play it while the other poor guy is trying to figure out his move.
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Bruce Catton (a noted Civil War historian) described it as "a spine-chilling thing" and an "unearthly" yell.

Here is a passage from his classic Glory Road:

That yell -- "that hellish yell," a Michigan soldier described it -- appears to have been an actual power in battle, worth many regiments to the Confederacy. A Federal surgeon wrote after the war: "I have never, since I was born, heard so fearful a noise as a Rebel yell. It is nothing like a hurrah, but rather a regular wildcat screech." And lest that be thought the nervous reaction of a timid noncombatant, here is the verdict of a front-line veteran from the 6th Wisconsin: "There is nothing like it this side of the infernal region, and the peculiar corkscrew sensation that it sends down your backbone under those circumstances can never be told. You have to feel it, and if you say you did not feel it, and heard the yell, you have never been there."

Stonewall Jackson called the Rebel yell "the sweetest music I ever heard."
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So much for the 'wounded chihuahua'...I might also note: the veteran who gave his first-hand experience of the chilling effect the 'wounded chihuahua' had on his morale, was a member of the vaunted Iron Brigade, one of the finest (if not THE finest) units the Union ever put in the field.
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Shelby Foote said that he thought it was a kind of "fox hunt yip mixed up with a banshee squall" Well if you listen to a sound recording of a fox you can sort of hear that although I wouldn't have a clue what a banshee squall sounds like..

http://www.foxforest.org/upclose/sounds/auyell.wav

and compare with

http://www.26nc.org/History/Rebel-Yell/Sound-Files/RebelYell...
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Considering that the Banshee's Wail meant someone was going to die, I don't think you really want to hear one...right?
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This website has a recording of a very old Confederate veteran doing a rebel yell for a radio station in the 1930s (I think). Just one guy, of course - multiply it by a few thousand to get the battlefield version.


I just played it and my wife who was in the kitchen thought it was one of our dogs.
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Anyone with even a drop of Celtic blood in his veins will feel his soul answer the call....
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