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Rebel Yell

In this track from The Rebel Yell Lives!, a compact disc produced by the Museum of the Confederacy (later the American Civil War Museum) and released between 2008 and 2010, audio engineers approximate the sound of seventy men giving the Rebel yell. The yell became the iconic war cry of Confederate soldiers during the Civil War, a symbol of the Lost Cause after the war, and, from the mid-twentieth century on, a more generic signifier of white southern culture.

The CD's producers have explained that they found two similar recordings of Confederate veterans demonstrating the Rebel yell and then combined and manipulated them to sound like tens, hundreds, and thousands of men—to sound, in other words, as it might have in combat. Craig A. Warren, the author of The Rebel Yell: A Cultural History (2014), has examined the two recordings and determined they actually are the same, belonging to Sampson Saunders Simmons, who fought with the 8th Virginia Cavalry during the war and was recorded in 1934.

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