web analytics


Here you go. From the Smithsonian, the only known recording of actual American Civil War veterans doing the Rebel Yell. Many years after the fact, obviously.

I’ll save you the trouble. It isn’t “YeeeeeeeHA!!!” like I always thought. It’s more like “eeeeeeeee!”

Don’t get me wrong — thousands of armed young men pouring over a hill going “eeeeee!” straight at you would probably be pants-peeingly terrifying, I was just hoping for something more…coherent. Not just a bunch of dessicated old coots making a high-pitched noise.

Yes! I am still celebrating Holiday Lameness.


Comment from Hutch
Time: December 30, 2014, 10:04 pm

Dead Pool this Friday?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 30, 2014, 10:20 pm

Who died? I ain’t paid attention.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: December 30, 2014, 10:25 pm

Empirically speaking, right now I can only prove that me & my wife (& cat) have not died. Unless this is all a dying dream, in which case, WHO WAS PHONE?!

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: December 30, 2014, 10:33 pm

Oh, I tried to watch the video. So that’s what Billy Idol was complaining about? No wonder it didn’t work out between them.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: December 30, 2014, 11:35 pm

HeHeHe…all you base are belong to us.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: December 31, 2014, 12:30 am

Did anyone have Luise Rainer? She has been selected so many times, I can’t imagine no one having her this dead pool.

Comment from m
Time: December 31, 2014, 12:46 am

Sorta sound like the indians in the old westerns.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: December 31, 2014, 2:36 am

I had her, PatAZ. More EllyPoo Weasel Masterpiece in my future, W00T!

Guess we’re kicking off 2015 with a fresh dip in the ol’ CDP…

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: December 31, 2014, 2:53 am

I have to say—it sounds like the cowboys rounding up and driving cattle. It’s a noisy event. The Texas cattle drives predate the War Between the States (by 20 years or so), so perhaps that’s where the Confederate battle cry originated.

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: December 31, 2014, 4:00 am

I have read that the Northern Yell was just as scary. The Northerners would yell hu-ZZAH! in the charge. The ZZAH! part sounded like the ocean coming at you.

Comment from ed
Time: December 31, 2014, 5:33 am

I always imagined it was more like “Oh SHIT!!” as they ran into loaded rifled muskets and artillery.

Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: December 31, 2014, 7:35 am

That’s it? Pfft.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: December 31, 2014, 10:52 am

Being reclusive, I’ve never been one for sound effects. I’ve been in a couple of places where everyone else thought a great display of enthusiasm would affect the outcome.

That has never been my experience.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: December 31, 2014, 1:47 pm

It’s legit? I’m too languid to check. New Dead Pool on Friday it is, then!

Comment from Bill the Butcher
Time: January 2, 2015, 1:48 am

Mario Cuomo just died, it seems. So no putting him on the list this time.

Comment from drew458
Time: January 2, 2015, 2:30 pm

Right, I just saw that about Cuomo. Only 82. It doesn’t look like anyone picked him either.

Comment from Lynn Walker
Time: January 3, 2015, 1:36 am

I have heard the rebel yell once, from over a hundred throats and it was frightening. It was a continuous high-pitched shriek that rippled back and forth as individuals caught their breath and screamed again. Also, since the soldiers were running as they “yelled”, there was a sort of vibrato to it — trust me, if a troop ran at you with that sound, you’d swallow a couple of times and get a grip on your gumption to stay put.

Write a comment

(as if I cared)

(yeah. I'm going to write)

(oooo! you have a website?)

Beware: more than one link in a comment is apt to earn you a trip to the spam filter, where you will remain -- cold, frightened and alone -- until I remember to clean the trap. But, hey, without Akismet, we'd be up to our asses in...well, ass porn, mostly.

<< carry me back to ol' virginny