The Edwardsville Intelligencer (Edwardsville IL) 28 MAY 68 P. 10
Un been not required of the History Recounted Taps Sounds Again For U.S. War Dead and 34 Office By Arleen Abrahams Associated Press Writer It never made the Hit Parade but over the past century its plaintive notes have been heard by Americans again and again. And on Thursday, when most of the country will mark the 100th official anniversary of Memorial Memorial Day, the playing of "taps." as usual, will sound the keynote of the observance. "Taps," that melancholy bugle call which signals both the close of a soldier's day and the end of his life, came out of the Civil War at about the same time of the first unofficial observance of a Decoration Day. In July 1862, the Union Army of the Potomac was engaged in a series of exhausting -battles near Harrison's Landing, a small Virginia town on the James James River. One night. Capt. Robert El- licombe, of the Union Army, was aroused by the moans of a wounded Confederate soldier in the no man's land separating the Union and Confederate forces. He decided to rescue the man. Crawling cautiously, Ellicom- be made his way to the wounded wounded man, pulled him to the Union lines. But the trip was too much for that Johnny Reb. By the time Ellicombe completed his mission, he was dead. Examining the body by "the dim glow of a lantern, the captain captain suddenly went col d with shock--it was his own son! (Another (Another version holds that it was his nephew.) The boy had been studying music in the South and without telling his father had enlisted. enlisted. The heartbroken father received received permission to give him a military burial behind the Union lines. As a final gesture of farewell, farewell, Ellicombe had a bugler play a few bars of the handwritten handwritten music found on a piece of scrap paper in the boy's pocket. pocket. The music was the original notes for "Taps." A few days later that piecTof paper came into the possession of Gen. Daniel Butterfield, El- icombe's Â· commanding Â· officer. Gen. Butterfield summoned a jugler named Oliver Morton and nstructed him to arrange the notes for' a new bugle . c a LI which would replace, the . old 'Lights Out." That n i g h ' t Â·Taps" was heard for the first ime as the official number heralding heralding the close of day. The call was quickly picked up by other units. By May 1868, when Gen. John A. Logan, commander commander in chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, issued the first official proclamation setting forth May 30 as a day "for strewing with flowers the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country in the late rebellion," "Taps" was the official military bugle call. Known as Decoration Day until until 1882. Memorial Day n o marks tribute paid in the United States to the dead of all its wars. Observances include military and civic parades, decorating with flowers the graves of American servicemen in foreign cemeteries, water services for those who died at sea and ceremonies ceremonies at the Tomb of the Unknown Unknown Soldier in Arlington National National Cemetery. Fittingly, these official observances observances close x with the playing of "Taps." Hydrosphere is the envelope of a planet. aqueous FOR SALE OR TRADE 8 ROOM BRICK VENEER on 1.85 Acres of good high ground fenced with view of interstate 270. Full basement. 2 Bathrooms. Bathrooms. City water. This home is a bargain at $22,500 BACK YARD PRIVACY on 1.09 acres at the edge of Edwards- villc with city water. 5 room frame with hardwood floors, Full basement, Gas heat. The Oak trees are included at $13,200 LARGE SUNNY BACK YARD on this 5 room frame with floored floored attic. Hardwood floors, full basement and automatic heat for $12,500 MARTIN ACRES. 6 room brick veneer with 2 car attached garage garage with full walkout basement. basement. City water and large lot. $25,000 4 BEDROOM BRICK Bungalow with wall to wall carpeted living room and Dining room. Remod- elled built in Kitchen and Lavi- Â·jietted Bath. Immediate possession possession Â· $16,000 A GOLDEN TRIANGLE location location between downtown, high school, and N.O. Nelson school makes this 6 room,frame for ,$12,800 ideal for many people with school children. QUICK and EASY to handle. 4 room frame only 17 years old, with carport and air conditioner, for $9,800 Several Commercial Buildings Assortment of Farms.