There are many songs which has gained its popularity throughout history and maintain itself for long periods and sang occationally as people gather together for song and dance. However there is one song which is play every day throughout the country as well as special occations calling for its heart wrenching tunes.
It is a song developed during the Civil War in a battlefield and presented by the father of a dead son who was not only an enemy soldier, but one who got the closest to the union bunker before being shot down.
A captain of the union army held the first watch at the perimeter near where the young confederate soldier layed. As the captain listed to all the moaning in the field he could hear that one soldier’s cry the most and he began to think about his son, now in the army laying out in the field wounded and dieing and how he would appreciate the kindness of the soldier who would pull him to safety and care for him before sending off to the prison camps to wait out the war’s end. It struck him so hard that he decided that this one soldier was going to be treated decently before action was taken against him, so he crawled over the embankment to grab the young soldier and dragged him back across the line to safety. As he cleared the top and down into the trench, the captain noticed that it was all for nothing. the young man had died. Upon further examination he discovered that the young man was indeed his own son. Devestated he search through the boy’s pocket to see if there was a letter or something that he could send home to his mother while he delivered the sad news to her. There he found a piece of paper with a song written on it. The captain stuck the paper in his coat pocket and carried the young man back to where they were burying the dead soldiers of the day’s fighting.
The captain laid his son down and went to ask permission to have his son buried with the rest here. Since the boy was the enemy the colonel would not allow it. After much determination and pleading the colonel gave in and allowed the burial to be done amongst the good soldiers. Then the captain asked for the band to play the song his son had written as his send off tune. Again the colonel argued until he finally gave in by saying he will only give the captain one musian, a buglar to play the song. Knowing the way people are in the military the captain accepted the honor with gratitude and took one of the buglars to the side to study the song he had needed to play.
As the diggers finished burying the boy the buglar started to play the song. As he played it the whole camp became quiet and just stood to listen to the tunes. Not a dry eye was left in the camp. As the captain started to make his way back to his post, the colonel stopped him and asked for a copy of the song with the intent to present it to headquarters for consideration and said he will send a buglar with the song to be played for the staff in charge. Several months later that song became the official song of the military and has been played every day since. That song was Taps!!
This is a reworked repost. I thought that the story needed to be told so everyone who listens to the song will have a deeper appreciation for it.