The History of Taps, The Origin of the song 'Taps'

  The History of 'Taps' - Origin of the Song 'Taps' and its most popular lyrics 

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Where did the words for "Taps" come from.

There is a great and terrifying story behind the making of the famous song that is played every evening at lights out on our military bases.  Taps is the name of the song.  This article tells about the words and the shocking origin of these words, now I know why the song is always played on our bases and you should know too.  These words describe about the civil war and military history and a little about the confederate army and the confederates.  

Taps the song, the  origin of Taps and the lyrics of Taps a military song written into history.  The history of taps is interesting and the origin of taps has some variations. Here the lyrics of taps, and the words to taps    I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America.

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military history rarely describes the meaning and story behind taps

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taps came from both the confederate army and the union army during the civil war

What is the true story behind Taps


From Gilbert Bliss

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 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, 
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 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."

Can anyone tell me, what was Captain Ellicombe's son's name?  Send me email below,
C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster

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I understand there are many subjected "histories" on the issue of Taps, but given the fact yours was very acceptable.

I am a Disabled Vietnam Veteran, and now own a Fly Fishing Shop in Shreveport, Louisiana. We are having a 2012 FLAG DAY FORMAL RETREAT of the American Flags which have been Tattered and Damaged beyond use.

This has been accomplished by other Associations for which I belong to such as the VVA / American Legion / 40 & 8 / DAV / Shriners and others. We have many veterans who belong to our company and our internal club.
thank you very much for your publications.

Respectfully yours,
Wm. Howard Malpass,
Former: U.S.M.C. & Disabled - Retired ;U.S.A.F.

I enjoyed the story on your TAPS, web site.  However I do believe it is 
incorrect.   I went to the internet and opened several web sites which tell a 
different story.   Below is one of the web sites you can check on if you desire to.  If 
you still believe your story is true, please let me know.  I would do some more 
digging.  Have  a good day.  Royce.


Below are lyrics that I found on the following web page...

 Words to Taps  (Note: there are no "official" words to Taps, but the words below are the most popular.)

Day is done, gone the sun, 
From the hills, from the lake, From the skies.  All is well,  
safely rest,
God is nigh. 

Go to sleep, 
peaceful sleep, 
May the soldier or sailor, God keep. 
On the land or the deep, Safe in sleep. 
Love, good night,

Must thou go,  When the day, 
And the night Need thee so? 
All is well. 

Speedeth all To their rest.  
Fades the light;  And afar Goeth day, 
And the stars Shineth bright, Fare thee well; 
Day has gone, Night is on.  

Thanks and praise, 
For our days, 'Neath the sun, Neath the stars, 'Neath the sky,
As we go, This we know, 
God is nigh.


Although I enjoy the story that is posted about how Taps was created, I'm afraid that it is a Myth.  Here is a link to a man who has done much research on Bugle calls and the origin of Taps.

We have a special ceremony for Taps at Texas A&M, each month.  It is called Silver Taps and is performed by Corp. Soldiers dressed in white playing special silver bugles.  It is to remember students who have died while actively attending Texas A&M.  Here's the link:

Keep up the good work with the Site! 
Seth A. Fuller 

A Quick Note:    After looking at several stories and sites on the subject and viewing this site below, an official Arlington Cemetery Website, I believe that this is the true story,   C. Jeff Dyrek, webmaster

Mon, 20 Nov 2000 17:02:16 PST
From: "Bob Brown" 
Subject:  The real story

From the Arlington National Cemetery website. The true, and much more  humble origin of Taps, can be found at many other sites on the history  of the military, history of music, etc. The story you provide is simply  a recent internet hoax. 

What I want to know is... Who are the people that keep making this stuff  up and sending it all around the internet?? Don't they have better   things to do? 

Sorry to burst your bubble. It would have been very touching had it been  true. 


  Another Link to the Story of Taps

The Story of Taps from the Arlington Cemetery


  The History of Taps by John Wayne 


  The History of Taps from the History Channel 


  Amazing Grace and Taps at the Arlington Cemetery. 
  This has some fantastic sound quality. 


  A Fantastic Variation of Taps 
  Played by a Young Girl 
  This is a Must Listen To Song. 

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