Daily Video — “The Rebel Yell” (1930s)
“It was the ugliest sound that any mortal ever heard—even a mortal exhausted and unnerved by two days of hard fighting, without sleep, without rest, without food and without hope.” – Ambrose Bierce, “A Little of Chickamauga” (1898)
Today’s video comes from a rare film in the Library of Congress, and presented on YouTube by Smithsonian Magazine where Confederate veterans demonstrate the “Rebel Yell”, the ear piercing scream(?)/shriek(?) that they could make whilst charging Union lines in the Civil War. It is a sound unique to the Confederate soldier, never heard before or since. Thanks to OpenCulture for the information and links.