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1 I liked this story on Sat Nov 14, 2009 3:19 am


This is interesting...I did not know this..

If any of you have ever been to a military
funeral in which taps was 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 the 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.

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

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