In every book I have read about the Civil War, the authors referred to the ‘Rebel Yell’ heard before battle and I have always wondered what it sounded like.
In this 1930’s clip from the Library of Congress, veterans of the Civil War stepped up to the microphone and did their version of the Rebel Yell then a group Rebel Yell was done.
It was also done at a 1913 Gettysburg battle reunion by actual Civil War veterans
Below is an audio file of an interview with Thomas N. Alexander a civil war veteren, featuring a group yell and a single yell. This was recorded by by the general manager of WBT radio at a Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting in 1935 when Alexander was 90 years old
Also a reneactment of the Rebel Yell as done by a company of men
I imagine that would be a haunting and foreboding sound coming out of the woods or on the battleground knowing you about to be attacked.
Ken Burns: The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition – Restored for 2015 [Blu-ray] has been improved. It would make a great gift for someone who has an interest in the American Civil War.