Taps--For the Falling Solider

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  1. rebelzgrl76

    rebelzgrl76 New Member

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    Thought you may have an interest in this. Was sent to my another BOC sister and it brought tears to my eyes. It reminds me of when we buried my grandfather. I sat there tears rolling down my face, looking a the American Flag drapped across his casket with Taps playing in the foreground. I thought my heart would burst and my tears would run dry. I never knew the story behind the song, till now.



    Here is something Every American should know:
    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.
    Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; and for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.

    Please send this on after a short prayer.
    Make this a Prayer wheel for our soldiers...please don't break it.
     
  2. rebelzgrl76

    rebelzgrl76 New Member

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    Got this in a private messege. Wanted to pass it along. Forgive me, as I had no idea. Take care:big_smile:


    Amy.the story you have related is a good story but I think it is one of those "Urban Legends" that get passed around.If you will GOOGLE Taps and open the the second reference at WWW.west-point.org/taps,you will find the historical story of its origin that is the Army accepted version.As a retired soldier (My son is currently in Iraq with the same unit as Paul) and sometime civil war historian this is the version that has been verified as much as possible.I didn't want to say anything on your thread.There are many Civil War legends that have been passed around so many times that they bear the mantle of truth.Just came back from skiing and it was wonderful as usual.Colo is such a beautiful state at least in the mountains.:big_smile:
     

  3. Redd

    Redd New Member

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    Good story, fiction or not. And I also never saw the words to the song. Thanks for sharing with the rest of us.

    -Red
     
  4. MRR

    MRR New Member

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    Who really cares .To me it is a beatuful but sad tune wheather it has any words to it or not.Thank you for posting just the same. GOD BLESS!!
     
  5. Rhinospawn

    Rhinospawn New Member

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    let whatever the origin be it doesn't matter. someone out there knows for sure but it's all good to have this tune and have a deeper respect for all the armed forces and soldiers living and gone.

    Proud to be an american.... let's fish!!! before I start crying again

    Peace
     
  6. pbrdrnkr

    pbrdrnkr New Member

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    [qTHuote=rebelzgrl76;614877]Thought you may have an interest in this. Was sent to my another BOC sister and it brought tears to my eyes. It reminds me of when we buried my grandfather. I sat there tears rolling down my face, looking a the American Flag drapped across his casket with Taps playing in the foreground. I thought my heart would burst and my tears would run dry. I never knew the story behind the song, till now.



    Here is something Every American should know:
    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.
    Also Remember Those Who Have Served And Returned; and for those presently serving in the Armed Forces.

    Please send this on after a short prayer.
    Make this a Prayer wheel for our soldiers...please don't break it.[/quote]
    THANKS FOR THAT IT WAS VERY INTERESTING. SEMPER FI
     
  7. Wil

    Wil New Member

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    i play taps a lot at funerals and stuff but i never knew the story to it. thanks