Back when I was a kid, in the 1960s, every southern child learned about the yell, the high decibel, primal yell that rebel soldiers were reported to have uttered as they charged into the blue uniformed aggressors. Speculation held that it sounded like a pack of wild men; the eerie screams stopped Yanks in their tracks, made them reconsider their positions and examine their reasons for fighting. The Museum of the Confederacy in Richmond, Virginia has a vodcast in which this mythic cry has been recreated–and it is indeed eerie, primal, menacing. No wonder northern soldiers wrote home about it.
This site contains this clever reconstruction, as well as, several other short lectures covering subjects such as: Mourning in Civil War America, Creativity in Captivity, Emancipation and the New Black Vote, Encouraging Hearts and Strengthening Hands. Anyone attempting to understand the cultural transformations and political consequences of the Civil War will find this set of videos helpful. Even if you are a Yankee. 😉