Video History 101
What was the 'rebel yell'?
You'd have to hear it from rebel soldiers to know.
Smithsonian Magazine has released footage from the 1930s of Confederate Veterans giving the actual rebel yell. While these veterans were certainly past their fighting and vocal prime most of them could still give a rebel yell that would cause the hair on the back of your neck to stand up. We can only imagine how intimidating it would be to hear that sound in the face of an advancing Confederate regiment. Even though the recording is not of the best quality it is very valuable to those of us that wish to preserve the sound of the authentic Rebel Yell!
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Mexican Confederates!? There are so many Mexicans in NC that some call it "North Mexico" instead of North Carolina. "Typical Confederate" can't be defined by race, religion, or place of origin. The 'Typical Confederate' was willing to fight against Tyranny. Use the Contact page to comment on any of our videos. We will keep or discard videos based upon a majority of comments being in favor of or against a video. SIC SEMPER TYRANNIS!!
In April 1865, Howell was taken prisoner at the battle of Sailor's Creek and was transported to Point Lookout, Md., a notorious Union prison. He was there when he heard about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. "I arose pretty early," he says. "There were 20,000 of us there. I saw a flag pole, and a flag stopped halfway." The youth, a slightly built man with bright red hair, knew what it meant. "I stuck my head in a tent and said, 'Boys, there must be some big Yankee dead.' "
A guard told the men later that the president had been shot. Howell says he felt no hatred toward Lincoln, only kindness. "We didn't fight for the preservation or extension of slavery," he says. "It
was a great curse on this country that we had slavery. We fought for states' rights, for states' rights." read more about this soldier.
Wealthy abolitionsists from the New England area paid for and used John Brown as their bloody hound dog. His thump the Bible and go slaughter innocent people worked until he got to Harper's Ferry. Remember that it was the U.S. military who was ordered out to stop him. Virginia gave him a fair trial for murder and he reaped his just reward with his dream unrealized. He was no more a 'mad man' than John Wilkes Booth, both were deliberate in their plans and both failed to achieve their end goals. Arguably, Booth may have had a matter of betrayal of a personal promise from Lincoln (to not kill a certain captured Confederate) that motivated him; while, Brown seemed to only have mass bloodshed to motivate him.
Professor Edward C. Smith is the foremost authority in America on black Confederates and the participation of blacks for the Southern side in the War Between the States. He is a professor of Anthropology at American University where he has taught since 1969, and the founder & co-director of the American University Civil War Institute.
He is also, among other things, a Civil War, African-American Cultural Heritage, Art History Lecturer and Study Tour Leader for The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic Society, The National Park Service and The Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Nelson Winbush, retired school administrator, member of Sons of Confederate Veterans is proud of his grandfather who fought with General Nathan Bedford Forest.