Military Taps

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Subject: Military Taps, Do you know the words?

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.


And also those presently serving in the Armed Forces..
Your avatar reminded me that I think we have more Texas A & M Alumni on this Board than any other group. Keep it up.
Actually , I went to Sam Houston (that's where aggies go to build up their GPA) :D :D
I've allways respected the Aggies, For a long time my favorite two teams were the Aggies & whoever was playing the Longhorns.
I copied the Avator off of the Pogue seed forum. I was hoping that it could get put in Our Avatar " Library"
As many "Aggies" is on here maybe Macon will do it.
Buut then if to many are using it we won't be able to recognize them.

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