Recipient of the 2011 John Newman Edwards Award for
Civil War-era history writing
“Elliott’s book is great!”
—S. Waite Rawls III, president and CEO, Museum of the Confederacy, Richmond, Virginia
“. . . a well-written book that should appeal to all history and Civil War buffs.”
—Frank Haight, Independence (MO) Examiner
The South’s renowned Rebel Yell and its unique, demoralizing effects have been documented throughout history. Whether as a planned part of a battle strategy or as an instinctual expression of adrenaline, the yell motivated the rebel soldiers and unnerved the enemy. In this definitive work, the mighty hollers of these warriors as they met their foes in battle are detailed as are their origins and nature. This work sets out to recapture the yell, which has been largely lost to time, and bring it back to life at full volume.
The text suggests a substantial theory of the origins of the yell in Scotch-Irish history and analyzes its many variations and historical descriptions. Also assessed in these chapters are the few recorded versions of the Rebel Yell. This work includes historic stories and poems featuring the yell before concluding with a list of references.
About the Author
Terryl W. Elliott is a writer, historian, and poet, whose work has appeared in various local and regional publications. A former encyclopedia salesman, product manager, and purchasing consultant, Elliott owned his own vending business before selling it in 2000 to pursue his dream of writing. A member of the State Historical Society of Missouri, the Civil War Round Table of Western Missouri, and the William Clarke Quantrill Society, Elliott lives in Independence, Missouri, with his wife, Sharon, and their dog.
THE HISTORY OF THE REBEL YELL
By Terryl W. Elliott
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
160 pp. 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Appendixes Biblio. Index
ISBN: 9781455617807 pb