Bugler playing Taps

Origins of Taps

While many stories and legends say otherwise, the origin of ‘Taps’ begins in July 1862 at Harrison’s Landing in Virginia by Brig. Gen. Daniel Butterfield, Commander of the 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, V Army Corps, Army of the Potomac, during the American Civil War. Dissatisfied with the customary firing of three rifle volleys at the…
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