Skip to comments.What Did the Rebel Yell Sound Like?
Posted on 08/09/2012 6:13:36 PM PDT by One Name
Video from the Smithsonian of what must be octogenarian Confederate veterans calling up the past.
You mean the 2nd war for Independence that failed?
#3 will be the tie breaker.
I made a sound similar to that when John Roberts made up his own law on Obamacare.
Won’t be long before we hear it again.
Sometimes called the 3rd War for Independence. ;-)
“The War of Northern Aggression” some call it..
I guess I was pretty accurate in my replication of it all these years. :D
I thought Billy Idol already told us.
If that would be the case, it would be important to get it down right.
THE REBEL YELL
None of us have ever heard it.
None of us ever will.
There’s no one left who can give it.
Tho you may hear its echo still.
You may hear it up near Manassas,
and down around Gaines Mill.
In December it echoes in Fredricksburg,
in May around Chancellorsville.
It’s the “pibroch of Southern fealty”.
It’s a Comanche brave’s battle cry.
It’s an English huntsman’s call to the hounds.
It’s a pig farmer’s call to the sty.
It’s a high-pitched trilling falsetto.
It’s the yip of a dog in flight.
It’s the scream of a wounded panther.
It’s the shriek of the wind in the night.
It was yelled when the boys flushed a rabbit.
It was passed man to man in the ranks.
It was cheered when they saw their leaders.
It was screamed when they whipped the Yanks.
But none of us will ever hear it.
Tho some folks mimic it well.
No soul alive can truly describe
the sound of the Rebel Yell.
When I was a kid in the 1950s, my grandparents cared for our oldest family member, a great great uncle who’d been with the 18th Arkansas Infantry Regiment. Several times I was the recipient of war stories from this civil war veteran. I never got to hear a Rebel Yell from him.
We may be needin’ to practice this yell agin’ ifin things continue the way they are agoin’ . We may well be needin’ to host on high the Bonnie Blue a second time if that feller in the White House even tries to cancel the election!
The trill at the end kinda clears the old throat out.
A company in the dark of dawn doing all that caterwalling might just have some effect, ya think?
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Yes I did. Thank you for the posting.
Outstanding! Thanks for sharing that...
Some references attribute the origin to the Scottish clans but the native tribes already had their versions too.
Very cool! Thanks for posting!
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