Posted by: Ron DuBour | July 28, 2013

TAPS~~ THE ORIGIN ~by rldubour


If any of you have ever been to a military funeral in which TAPS was played; this brings
out a new meaning of it.

Here is something every American should know. Until I read this, I didn’t know, but I
checked it out and it’s true:
We in the United States have all heard t! 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 towards 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 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 to TAPS:

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 wounded while serving their Country and
also those presently serving in the Armed Forces.


  1. I’ve been to a funeral where they played taps (my grandfather, who was in the Army) That song ripped me apart, because I was wasn’t in the ROTC program, but that brought memories of who he was fighting (Nazis),…
    That song brought tears to my eyes.

    • thank YOU, you are not alone with the tears!

  2. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford.

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