The Rebel Yell Lives

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Very interesting jewtube clip I found...apparently, the famous "yebel yell" was basically a primal chimp scream, much different than one would imagine it to have sounded like. I can indeed imagine how this would be eerily terrifying to an enemy...

Watch this video, especially listening to the original recordings at 1:40 & 4:30 (rebel yells recorded by actual Confederates, presumably near the turn of the 20th century) and at 3:05 (a reproduced mass rebel yell):

I also agree with the top-rated youtube comment-- it seems likely to me that antebellum southern US Army soldiers picked up the yell from Indian fighters.


Most likely a combination of Celtic and Injun war cry.



My guess is that its origin was likely a combo of Celtic and Indian, and was not only done to scare the enemy, but also for the adrenaline rush (as the video notes) and to control fear.

The Confederate yell was intended to help control fear. As one soldier explained: “I always said if I ever went into a charge, I wouldn’t holler! But the very first time I fired off my gun I hollered as loud as I could and I hollered every breath till we stopped.” Jubal Early once told some troops who hesitated to charge because they were out of ammunition: “Damn it, holler them across.” — Historian Grady McWhiney (1965)


That is terrifying!

There were some pretty primitive elements in the Confederate ranks - this is obscured by the stupid and imaginary ''Celtic'' mythos that has been promulgated in recent decades. That said, the actual ''Hill Billies'' of the South were essentially wild people - Dissenter elements who had been cast out of Ulster by the Anglican elite, who settled in the isolated wilderness of the New World, largely untouched by civilization.

These people would presumably be of an insular (and primitive) Scottish type - barbarian war cries would be instinctive to people like this.
No - they were Ulster stock. These people originated in the north of Ireland, migrated and conquered wild lands in what is now Scotland (and pushed aside and interbred with aboriginal Picts) and later still absorbed viking stock, probably Danish in origin. Their warlike nature and restlessness prompted the Crown to use them to colonize the Irish lands from where they had originated long ago - but they remained fundamentally changed.

I'm averse to the ''Celtic'' narrative for a number of historical reasons - I believe its an imagined identity, but that's another topic. For our purposes, its notable that the Ulster Scots were and are a distinct people - they weren't considered ''Irish'' in the relevant sense, by themselves or others.

If Celtic is an "imagined identity" where did the Gaelic dialects come from?

I've never heard this before. Sounds a bit sketchy to me.

You've never heard that Ulster Scots in America, and their co-ethnics in Ulster who fly the Union Jack, don't identify as Irishmen?

They can "identify" themselves however they like, but that does not change the fact that they are of the Irish (Celtic) race.

They're simply the ones who knuckled under to English Protestant Kings and gave up their ancient faith.

Hardly makes them a "distinct people".


Laughing pretty hard at calling the Celtic race "Irish". The Celts didn't originate in Ireland, nor is the purest example of Celtic blood or culture found in Ireland, stupid 'celtic cross' t-shirts notwithstanding. And no they didn't submit to the English kings and convert, where do you get off saying this garbage? They were settlers from Scotland, and Presbyterian, not Irish Anglicans....