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 Taps
By-Author unknown


    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.
    We have all heard the haunting song, "Taps." It's the song that gives us that lump in our throats and usually creates tears in our eyes. But, do you know the story behind the song? If not, I think you will be delighted to find out about it's 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 mortally wounded on the field.Not knowing if it was a Union or Confederate soldier the Captain decided to risk his life to 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, he 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.

Day is done
Gone the sun

From the Lakes
From the hills
From the sky
All is well
safely rest
God is neigh.

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.