24 Rare Footage of U.S. Civil War Veterans Doing the Rebel Yell
The actual rebel yell was used to boost morale and intimidate enemies like any other battle cry throughout history. There are no known audio clips from the civil war of the yell, though there are clips and footage of veterans performing the yell years after the civil war.
The sound of the yell is the most discussed thing about it. Whenever Civil War soldiers heard the yell they would state that it sounded like either “Jackson, or a rabbit,” which suggests that the yell sounds like the scream of a rabbit. If you look at movies or any form of entertainment that features the yell, it is portrayed as a “yee-haw”.