Re: Confused over Tapps
Jess Olonoff (jolonoff@GATE.NET)
Tue, 2 Jul 1996 14:12:43 -0400
Delane and all,
Found this explanation for Taps at a Recruiting web site.
"Taps" surfaced during the Virginia Peninsula Campaign of the Civil
War. Union General Daniel Butterfield came up with this distinctive
bugle call to signal the end of the duty day to his brigade. Other
people liked it, and its use soon spread throughout the Army.
At one time, a story arose that General Butterfield actually found the
music for "Taps" on a dead soldier. This theory is generally viewed as
an attempt to romanticize the history of "Taps".
Use of "Taps" at funerals and memorial services probably resulted from
its haunting melody and from its significance as a signal of closure.
US Army Recruiting Battalion - Seattle
Katy Lindh-Wilson, Public Affairs Chief
Michael Furman, Information Management Officer
Revised February 27, 1996 URL:
There is also a .wav file available should anyone be interested.
Forgot to note where but, search for +taps +bugle on Alta Vista and you'll
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City