Captured Rebel Yell Released

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Is the mystery solved?

History Publishing Company announced today that its technologically produced recording of a Confederate regiment shouting the rebel yell is now available for public listening in its new program, 'Echoes of Yesteryear'. Based on an eighty-year old recording of Thomas N. Alexander, a veteran of Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, Mr. Alexander's rebel yell was the core of a ground breaking production simulating a large body of Confederate troops as it attacked the Union Army. It \resulted in what technicians described as “a sonic tidal wave.”

“The rebel yell is unquestionably a subject of great interest to historians and Civil War enthusiasts. It was widely reputed to have an unnerving effect on Union soldiers. We hope that this use of technology has helped us to understand why the rebel yell was so effective.” said Don Bracken, Senior Editor of History Publishing Company.” We have made it available for everyone and we invite educators to download it. To add further interest we are also offering to educators and enthusiasts alike, a series of readings by television star Reade Kelly of newspaper dispatches from the battlefield. The first two are reports of Pickett's Charge by the 'Richmond Inquirer' and the 'New York Herald.' Needless to say, the rebel yell found its way into newsprint too.”

Don Bracken is the author of 'Times of the Civil War'((ISBN 1420806955), a book contrasting the subjective reportage of Civil War battles by the 'New York Times' and the 'Charleston Mercury' against the objective analysis of the modern historian. He is Senior Editor of History Publishing Company, a firm dedicated to the study of American history through the use of technology. Its widely acclaimed 'Civil War Historyscope Series' is used in schools throughout the nation.

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