Post 5408 Auxillary


If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which taps was played; this brings out a new meaning of it.
This is something Americans should know.
We in the United States have heard the haunting song, ‘Taps’. It’s the song that gives us the lump
in out 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 Army Captain Robert Elli 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 Elli 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 towards 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.
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
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
People have felt this chills while listening to ‘Taps’
but have never seen all the words to the song until now.
Thanks to DrKelvin Webb for this article and Robin Tolver for passing it on.
Please keep the newsletter in mind and send me articles of interest as Robin and Jenny.
Thanks to everyone.  See you on the 20th.

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