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  • kenandbea
    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
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      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.

      Bea
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      From: a6_driver
      To: genealogychatfriends@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Sunday, May 30, 2004 5:21 PM
      Subject: [genchatfriends] Taps...


      Thought this was interesting. 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
      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. 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 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 Confederate. 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. 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
      never seen
      all the words to the song until now. I didn't even know there was
      more than
      one verse. I also never knew the story behind the song, and I didn't
      know
      if you had either so I thought I'd pass it along. I now have an even
      deeper
      respect for the song than I did before. REMEMBER THOSE LOST AND
      HARMED WHILE
      SERVING THEIR COUNTRY. And also those presently serving in the Armed
      Forces.



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