View Full Version : OT: Memorial Day TAPS

05-30-2004, 07:48 AM
> If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps were
played; this brings out a new meaning of it.
> Here is something EVERY AMERICAN should know. Until I read this, I didn't
know, but I checked it out and it's true:
> We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." It's
the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually tears in our
> But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be
interested to find out about its humble beginnings.
> Reportedly, 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
> 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
> The request was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out
of respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one
> 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.
> 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 ...

> And also those presently serving in the Armed Forces..

05-30-2004, 12:04 PM
A beautiful story, but unfortunately not true.

Taps - snopes.com (http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/taps.htm)

05-30-2004, 12:13 PM
A beautiful story, but unfortunately not true.

Taps - snopes.com (http://www.snopes.com/music/songs/taps.htm)

I was just about to do a google search myself. The story reeked of being an urban myth.