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"The Story of the Bugle Call Taps" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP14 May 2018 2:33 p.m. PST

"The bugle call "Taps," the familiar mournful notes played at military funerals, was composed and first played during the Civil War, in the summer of 1862.

A Union commander, Gen. Daniel Butterfield, with the help of a brigade bugler he had summoned to his tent, devised it to replace the bugle call the U.S. Army had been using to signal the end of the day.

The bugler, Private Oliver Willcox Norton of the 83rd Pennsylvania Regiment, used the call for the first time that night, and it was adopted by other buglers and soon become very popular with the tropos…"
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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP15 May 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

The original end-of-the-day bugle call is also quite moving when played by a good bugler. It is more demanding than 'Taps".

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 May 2018 11:09 a.m. PST



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