Re: [genchatfriends] Taps...
- --- In email@example.com, "Mike Thompson"
> Amendment to my earlier e-mail.former Army Officer, I have the utmost respect and gratitude for the
> My remarks refered only to the story of the origins of Taps. As a
many men and women who have served their country with honor in all
branches of the military. As A6Driver says, let us not forgot those
who have sacrificed so much.
Thank you for setting me straight,
- Just thought I would pass on the According to Urban Legends, this is a hoax... although it makes a good story, doesn't it? Urban Legends is a web site do a search on Google. It keeps up on the various stories floating around.
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Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2004 5:21 PM
Subject: [genchatfriends] Taps...
Thought this was interesting. If any of you have ever been to a
funeral in which taps were played; this brings out a new meaning of
Here is something EVERY AMERICAN should know. Until I read this, I
know, but I checked it out and it's true:
We in the United States have all heard the haunting song, "Taps."
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
interested to find out about its humble beginnings. Reportedly, it
in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army Captain Robert
with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The Confederate
on the other side of the narrow strip of land. During the night,
Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who lay severely wounded on
field. Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier, the
decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical
attention. Crawling on his stomach through the gunfire, the Captain
the stricken soldier and began pulling him toward his encampment.
Captain finally reached his own lines, he discovered it was actually
Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead. The Captain lit a
and suddenly caught his breath and went numb with shock. In the dim
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
father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate Army. The following
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
band members play a funeral dirge for his son at the funeral. The
was turned down since the soldier was a Confederate. But, out of
for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.
Captain chose a bugler. He asked the bugler to play a series of
notes he had found on a piece of paper in the pocket of the dead
uniform. This wish was granted. The haunting melody, we now know
... 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
I, too, have felt the chills while listening to "Taps" but I have
all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was
one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song, and I didn't
if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along. I now have an even
respect for the song than I did before. REMEMBER THOSE LOST AND
SERVING THEIR COUNTRY. And also those presently serving in the Armed
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