Most Popular Song in History

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!!

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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.

Medically retired from the Army with a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, I have traveled across the country until finally settling down in the mountains of NC. I am divorced and living in my own home with my brother and his wife. I have several books written and hope to continue writing for many years to come.

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  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Ralmost 3 years ago

    I had never heard of this story but it has me in tears. I think I saw a movie about Taps, but it didn’t refer to the story. I guess they used the name. Great story and I will have to look in you tube to see if I recognize the song. Thank you so much for sharing JR.

  • Robin Monroe
    Robin Monroealmost 3 years ago

    oh taps has always pulled at my soul, such a beautiful sadness and longing, I never heard this story and I now have even more of a deeper appreciation….thank you for sharing:)

  • Taps has always pulled at my soul too. Then once I heard the story behind it I felt such an awesome chill running down my spine and fell in love with the song. Now I want to tell the world about its magnificence. Many thanks Robin for stopping by and reading this story.

    – JRGarland

  • Arco Iris  R
    Arco Iris Ralmost 3 years ago

    I am ashamed that being born and raised in the :U.S. and was a very good history student, I had not been taught at all of this song being named Taps and the story behind it. Luckily, as I said, I looked it up in YouTube and was so ashamed for I have many a military loved ones that have died and had the song played by the bugler. Next time I hear that song I will remember you. I did also look up the movie “Taps” which did have to do with military school being shut down. In case you would like to know more info, that is if you don’t know about it, here is the Wikipedia explanation . Thanks once again for this wonderstory which I can pass on.
    Iris xoxoxo

  • I’m so glad I could educate someone about the significence of this song and so glad you went the extra mile to look up the song to hear it, hopefully with a renewed appreciation of its splendor. Many thanks for reading my friend.

    – JRGarland

  • Donna19
    Donna19almost 3 years ago

    Who isn’t moved by Taps and moved by this as well. Lovely and I had never heard this either JR. Well done

  • It took going into the military to hear the story behind this song. I wanted everyone to hear the story and hopefully get a new since of awe for it. Many thanks for reading and commenting.

    – JRGarland

  • Tony Wilder
    Tony Wilderalmost 3 years ago

    It’s such a moving piece of music that even deepens now. Wonderful write JR.

  • Many thanks Tony. I’m glad it moved you so.

    – JRGarland

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsalmost 3 years ago

    It has an amazing history! Thanks for sharing!

  • Indeed it does. Many thanks Pamela.

    – JRGarland

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindalmost 3 years ago

    And when I hear I plated , knowing the words . It is almost impossible to keep a dry eye.
    Hugs Brother John.

  • Yes, even the tune evokes great emotions. Many thanks POP’s.

    – JRGarland

  • Charldia
    Charldiaalmost 3 years ago

    Wow, thank you so much for sharing this. Such a touching tribute of love. I love historical facts like this. Taps will touch my heart even more when I hear those soulful melancholy notes played.

  • I’m so glad to hear that. Many thanks Charldia.

    – JRGarland

  • YouBet
    YouBetalmost 3 years ago

    Excellent rewrite! I remember your first post vividly when you were a bubble newby.

  • Many thanks Linda. I simplified it somewhat and took my time to get the story out this time. I’m glad it was done well, it deserves better than I can do.

    – JRGarland

  • Graham Povey
    Graham Poveyalmost 3 years ago

    An inspiring tale I’ve not heard told before….. well recieved JR.

  • Many thanks Graham. I’m glad you like it.

    – JRGarland

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