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Veterans of VFW Post 6899
 

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Year

Branch of Service Notes
Tom Pegg xxxx - 2005 US Navy Member of VFW Honor Guard
Jack Magee xxxx - 2005 US Army Thornton Cemetery
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Harry Chandler xxxx - 2006 US Army Antioch Cemetery
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The History of Taps
 

There is another version of the origin of "Taps" that has been going around the internet for a number of years concerning a Union soldier named Capt. Robert Ellicombe or Elli in some emails and his confederate son. I have done a little research and cannot find the origin of this email. I have found that there is no Union soldier named Capt. Robert Ellicombe and that there is a bugle tune called "Tattoo" that is similar to "Taps" that the French soldiers used during this time period. Also, the union commanders wanted a bugle sound to honor their dead instead of the volleys from cannons fearing the confederates would think it was an attack.
The below article is a reprint from Arlington National Cemetery website and accepted history by all military services.
We hope this helps you understand the origin of "Taps"

This was copied from Arlington National Cemetery website.

  

Ceremonies

Origin of "Taps"

During the Civil War, in July 1862 when the Army of the Potomac was in camp, Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield summoned Pvt. Oliver Wilcox Norton, his brigade bugler, to his tent. Butterfield, who disliked the colorless "extinguish lights" call then in use, whistled a new tune and asked the bugler to sound it for him. After repeated trials and changing the time of some notes which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit Gen. Butterfield and used for the first time that night. Pvt. Norton, who on several occasions, had sounded numerous new calls composed by his commander, recalled his experience of the origin of "Taps" years later:

"One day in July 1862 when the Army of the Potomac was in camp at Harrison's Landing on the James River, Virginia, resting and recruiting from its losses in the seven days of battle before Richmond, Gen. Butterfield summoned the writer to his tent, and whistling some new tune, asked the bugler to sound it for him. This was done, not quite to his satisfaction at first, but after repeated trials, changing the time of some of the notes, which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit the general.

"He then ordered that it should be substituted in his brigade for the regulation "Taps" (extinguish lights) which was printed in the Tactics and used by the whole army. This was done for the first time that night. The next day buglers from nearby brigades came over to the camp of Butterfield's brigade to ask the meaning of this new call. They liked it, and copying the music, returned to their camps, but it was not until some time later, when generals of other commands had heard its melodious notes, that orders were issued, or permission given, to substitute it throughout the Army of the Potomac for the time-honored call which came down from West Point.

In the western armies the regulation call was in use until the autumn of 1863. At that time the XI and XII Corps were detached from the Army of the Potomac and sent under command of Gen. Hooker to reinforce the Union Army at Chattanooga, Tenn. Through its use in these corps it became known in the western armies and was adopted by them. From that time, it became and remains to this day the official call for "Taps." It is printed in the present Tactics and is used throughout the U.S. Army, the National Guard, and all organizations of veteran soldiers.

Gen. Butterfield, in composing this call and directing that it be used for "Taps" in his brigade, could not have foreseen its popularity and the use for another purpose into which it would grow. Today, whenever a man is buried with military honors anywhere in the United States, the ceremony is concluded by firing three volleys of musketry over the grave, and sounding with the trumpet or bugle "Put out the lights. Go to sleep"...There is something singularly beautiful and appropriate in the music of this wonderful call. Its strains are melancholy, yet full of rest and peace. Its echoes linger in the heart long after its tones have ceased to vibrate in the air."

 

 

"Taps" is now played by the military at burials, memorial services, during the lowering of the flag and to signal the end of a military day.
 

"Taps"

Composed By Major General Daniel Butterfield
Army of the Potomac, Civil War

"Fading light dims the sight,
And a star gems the sky, gleaming bright.
From afar drawing nigh -- Falls the night.

"Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lake, from the hills, from the sky.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

"Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear -- Friend, good night."

Taps composer is buried in the Post Cemetery at the United States Military Academy at West Point (even though he did not graduate from the Academy).

 

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