Something every AMERICAN should know

Discussion in 'History' started by coyotecool, May 5, 2013.

  1. coyotecool

    coyotecool New Member

    We in the United States have all heard 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 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, 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 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 ...

    Day is done ... Gone the sun ... From the lakes ... From the hills
    ... From the sky ...
    All is well ... Safe ly 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
  2. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

    Wow, that's an awesome story!

  3. jbaggs308

    jbaggs308 New Member

    You ain't from around the how Oklahoma area are you?
  4. RustyShackleford101

    RustyShackleford101 New Member

    Nope, I've never been.
  5. WebleyFosbery38

    WebleyFosbery38 New Member

    Sad story for sure. Taps is the saddest song Ive ever heard, makes me ear up every time I hear it...
  6. coyotecool

    coyotecool New Member

    Oklahoma Making History.....
    Oklahoma is the only state that Obama did not win even one county in the last election...

    While everyone is focusing on Arizona's new law, look what Oklahoma has been doing!!!!

    An update from Oklahoma :

    Oklahoma law passed, 37 to 9 an amendment to place the Ten Commandments on the front entrance to the state capitol. The feds in D.C., along with the ACLU, said it would be a mistake. Hey this is a conservative state,
    based on Christian values...! HB 1330

    Guess what.......... Oklahoma did it anyway.
    Oklahoma recently passed a law in the state to incarcerate all illegal immigrants, and ship them back to where they came from unless they want
    to get a green card and become an American citizen. They all scattered. HB 1804. This was against the advice of the Federal Government, and the ACLU, they said it would be a mistake.

    Guess what.......... Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Recently we passed a law to include DNA samples from any and all illegal's to the Oklahoma database, for criminal investigative purposes.
    Pelosi said it was unconstitutional SB 1102

    Guess what......... Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Several weeks ago, we passed a law, declaring Oklahoma as a Sovereign state, not under the Federal Government directives. Joining Texas ,
    Montana and Utah as the only states to do so.

    More states are likely to follow: Louisiana, Alabama, Georgia, Carolina's, Tennessee, Kentucky, Missouri, Arkansas, West Virginia,
    Mississippi and Florida. Save your confederate money, it appears the South is about to rise up once again. HJR 1003

    The federal Government has made bold steps to take away our guns. Oklahoma, a week ago, passed a law confirming people in this state have
    the right to bear arms and transport them in their vehicles. I'm sure that was a setback for the criminals The Liberals didn't like it --
    Guess what........... Oklahoma did it anyway.

    Just this month, the state has voted and passed a law that ALL drivers license exams will be printed in English, and only English, and no other
    language. They have been called racist for doing this, but the fact is that ALL of the road signs are in English only. If you want to drive in
    Oklahoma , you must read and write English. Really simple.

    By the way, the Liberals don't like any of this either.

    Guess what...who cares... Oklahoma is doing it anyway.
  7. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

    I am professionaly skeptical of this story but it sounds wonderful. However, now everyone OTHER than Americans will "know" it!
  8. marc29th

    marc29th New Member

    I believe it was Union Gen. Butterfield who composed Taps.
  9. locutus

    locutus Well-Known Member Supporter


    That's the story I heard.

    BG Daniel Butterfield was a music teacher before the war, and composed "Taps."
  10. 25-5

    25-5 New Member

    Correct, he arranged it from another bugle call. That's it. The rest is BS, but often told.