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Discussion in 'News' started by Njaco, Aug 24, 2015.
Whenever I hear Echo Taps it just sends shivers up my spine.
Wasn't that known also Colonel's Lullaby or something? Remember seeing something about it, on a program about US Civil War....
Taps began as a revision to the signal for Extinguish Lights (Lights Out) at the end of the day. Up until the Civil War, the infantry call for Extinguish Lights, known as the Scott Tattoo, as set down in Silas Casey's (1801-1882) Tactics, which had been borrowed from the French. The music for Taps was adapted by Union General Daniel Butterfield for his brigade in July, 1862. Years later, he was awarded the Medal of Honor.
As the story goes, General Butterfield was not pleased with the call for Extinguish Lights feeling that the call was too formal to signal the day’s end and with the help of the brigade bugler, Oliver Willcox Norton, wrote Taps to honor his men while in camp at Harrison's Landing, Virginia. The call, sounded that night in July, 1862, soon spread to other units of the Union Army and was even used by the Confederates. Taps was made an official bugle call after the war.
Captain John C. Tidball of Battery A, 2nd Artillery ordered it played for the burial of a cannoneer killed in action. The burial occurred at a time when the battery occupied an advanced position, concealed in the woods, it was unsafe to fire the customary three volleys over the grave on account of the proximity of the enemy. It occurred to Captain Tidball that the sounding of Taps would be the most fitting ceremony that could be substituted. The custom, thus originated, was taken up throughout the Army of the Potomac, and was finally confirmed by orders.
Anytime I hear it, it sends a shiver down my spine. I also always tear up.
Always get the shiver done my spine when I hear it (or the Last Post). Saw the video the other day and its good to see the reactions of the other residents to it.
Always tear at this and "Amazing Grace" on bagpipes.
It always bring about reflection.Here is a rendition done by a young lady many years ago some of ya'll have probably heard it before I have it saved to favorites.