The Rebel Yell

One of those old movies I was wishing for in the last post! Smithsonian Magazine uncovered this film of a bunch of aged Southern vets demonstrating what’s left of their Rebel Yells for a crowd in the 1930s. The individual yells don’t do much on their own (one old fellow, in particular, looks winded by the attempt), but my goodness, that opening scene with the screaming crowd does match Shelby Foote’s “peculiar corkscrew sensation up the backbone” description, doesn’t it?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s6jSqt39vFM&feature=related

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