Video: Confederate Soldiers Do the “Rebel Yell”

This is really incredible.  In this video from the 1930’s, a group of Civil War veterans who fought for the Confederacy gather and reenact the Rebel Yell.  What is astounding about this video is that we are watching, in 2014, men who were born in the 1840’s or earlier.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/3play_1/what-did-the-rebel-yell-sound-like/

Fascinating!  I have ancestors who fought for the Confederacy (as well as the Union), and it’s not every day that a family historian can actually use video as a source.

This drives home the point that we need to really think outside the box when looking for sources of information.  Don’t dismiss historical video, even if it doesn’t actually show your ancestor.  We can learn about dress, mannerisms, and more from these types of sources.

Have you ever stumbled upon a historical video that enriched your research?

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3 thoughts on “Video: Confederate Soldiers Do the “Rebel Yell”

  1. How interesting! When I was a child in Richmond,Virginia, in the 1950’s we prided ourselves in using the “Rebel Yell” to summon friends in our rural neighborhood! Listening to these men, we didn’t have it right! LOL I have never used a historical video inmy blog, thanks for introducing the concept to me. I am also thankful t have you following my blog. Helen

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