Civil War Louisiana (CWLA)

Civil War Louisiana (CWLA)
CWLA seeks to provide an online resource of any and all material of the Civil War relating to Louisiana with a special interest in the war in Acadiana in southwest Louisiana.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Rebel Yell

Seems the Rebel Yell has sparked some interest:
“Mythology says that when the Rebels charged and let out that Rebel Yell, it
scared the Yankees so bad that they turned around and ran,” Terryl says, adding
there are many documented instances of frightened Union forces running from
shrieking Rebels.

One such documented instance occurred in May 1864
during a battle near Richmond, Va., when the Confederate commander, Lt. Gen.
Jubal “Old Jube” Early ordered his regiment to make another attack to drive
Union troops off the battlefield.

“At that point,” Terryl says, “(Old
Jube) was informed: ‘We can’t do that. We are out of ammunition. We don’t have
anything to charge with.’”

To that excuse, Old Jube replied: “Dammit,
holler ‘em across!”

According to witnesses, the order was carried out.
Using the Rebel Yell as a weapon, the Rebus charged, frightening the Federals
off the field.

“This was the best example of the effectiveness of the
Rebel Yell I could find,” he notes, thus the title of his book, “Dammit, Holler
‘em Across! – The History of the Rebel Yell.”

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Coppens' Zouave Battalion

Coppens' Zouave Battalion
Lt. Colonel George Coppens (seated) and brother, Captain Marie Alfred Coppens.Image sold at auction on Cowan Auctions, for $14,375