I found this in the July issue of the 13th Bomb. Sq. Assn. newsletter, the "Invader".I found it most interesting, as I'm sure you will too, if you didn't already know it:
Here is something every American should know:
We in the U.S,. have all heard the haunting song, "Taps".It's that song that gives a lump in throats and usually tears in our eyes.But, do you know the story behind the song?I think you will be interested to find out about its humble beginings.
Reportedly it all begin in 1862 during the Civil War, when Union Capt. 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 nite Capt. Ellicombe heard the moans of a soldier who was severely wounded on the field.Not knowing whether it was a Confederate or Union soldier, the Capt. decided to risk his life and bring the stricken man back for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach thru the gunfire the Capt. reached the stricken soldier and began pulling him towards his encampment.When the Capt. finally reached his own lines, he discovered he was actually a Confederate soldier, but the soldier was dead.
The Capt. 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 funeral, dispite his enemy status.His request was only partially granted.The Capt. 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 he was a Confederate.But out or respect for the father, they did say they could give him only one musician.The Capt. 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 youths uniform.The 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 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. Courtesy of Corky Sumner Jack