origin of Taps

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    If any of you have ever been to a military
    funeral in which taps was played;
    this brings out a new meaning of it..

    Here is something Every American should know.

    We in the United States have all heard
    the haunting song, 'Taps..' It's the song that
    gives us the lump in our throats and usually
    tears in our eyes.

    But, do you know the story behind the song?

    If not, I think you will be interested to find out
    about its humble beginnings.

    it all began in 1862 during the Civil War,
    when Union Army
    Captain Robert Ellicombe was with
    his men near Harrison's Landing in
    Virginia . The Confederate Army was
    on the other side of the narrow strip of land.

    During the night, Captain Ellicombe heard the moans of
    a soldier who lay severely wounded on the field.
    Not knowing if it was a Union
    or Confederate soldier, the Captain
    decided to risk his life and bring the stricken
    man back for medical attention Crawling on his
    stomach through the gunfire, the Captain reached
    the stricken soldier and began pulling him
    toward his encampment

    When the Captain finally reached his own lines, he

    discovered it was actually a Confederate
    soldier, but the soldier was dead.

    The Captain lit a lantern and suddenly caught his

    breath and went numb with shock.. In the
    dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It
    was his own son. The boy had been studying music
    in the South when the war broke out.
    Without telling his father, the boy
    enlisted in the Confederate Army.

    The following morning, heartbroken, the father asked

    permission of his superiors to give his son a
    full military burial, despite his enemy status.
    His request was only partially granted.

    The Captain had asked if he could have a group of

    Army band members play a funeral dirge for his
    son at the funeral.

    The request was turned down since the soldier was a


    But, out of respect for the father, they did say they

    could give him only one musician.

    The Captain chose a bugler. He asked the

    bugler to play a series of musical notes he had
    found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the
    dead youth's uniform.

    This wish was granted.

    The haunting melody, we now know as 'Taps' used at military funerals was born.

    There are words for the melody too, but most people do not know them.

    The words are:

    Day is done.
    Gone the sun.
    From the lakes
    From the hills.
    From the sky.
    All is well.
    Safely rest.
    God is nigh.

    Fading light.
    Dims the sight..
    And a star.
    Gems the sky.
    Gleaming bright..
    From afar.
    Drawing nigh.
    Falls the night..

    Thanks and praise.
    For our days.
    Neath the sun.
    Neath the stars.
    Neath the sky.
    As we go.
    This we know.
    God is nigh.

    I too have felt the chills while listening to 'Taps' .

    I didn't know if you ever knew the story behind the song so I thought I'd pass it along.

    Those Lost and Harmed While Serving Their

    Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; and
    for those presently serving in the Armed

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