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Taps C Connelly mcgil mmmg@netscape.net The Story Behind "TAPS"
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>It all began 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 moan of a soldier who lay
>mortally 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.
>Suddenly, he 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, he
>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 partially granted.
>
>The Captain had asked if he could have a group of Army band members play a
>funeral dirge for the son at the funeral. That request was turned down
>since
>the soldier was a Confederate. 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 his dead son's uniform. This wish was granted.
>
>This music was the haunting melody we now know as "TAPS" that is used at
>all
>military funerals. In case you are interested, these are the words to
>"TAPS":
>
>Day is done Gone the sun From the lakes From the hills From the sky All is
>well Safely rest God is nigh.
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