> If any of you have ever been  to a military funeral in which taps was 
> played; this brings out a  new meaning of  it.

> Here is something Every  American should know.    
We in the United  States  have all heard the haunting song, 'Taps...' It's 
> the  song that gives us the lump in our throats and usually tears in  our 
> eyes. 

>  But, do you know the story  behind the song?  If not, I think you will be 
> interested to  find out about its humble beginnings.  
> Reportedly, it all began in  1862 during the Civil War, when Union Army 
> Captain Robert Elli was  with his men near Harrison's Landing in Virginia. The 
> Confederate  Army was on the other side of the narrow strip of land.  

> During the night, Captain  Elli heard the moans of a soldier who lay 
> severely wounded on the  field. Not knowing if it was a  Union or Confederate  
> soldier, the Captain decided to risk his life and bring the  stricken man back 
> for medical attention. Crawling on his stomach  through the gunfire, the 
> Captain reached the stricken soldier and  began pulling him toward his 
> encampment..  
> When the Captain finally  reached his own lines, he discovered it was 
> actually a Confederate  soldier, but the soldier was dead.  

> The Captain lit a lantern  and suddenly caught his breath and went numb 
> with shock. In the  dim light, he saw the face of the soldier. It was his own 
> son. The  boy had been studying music in the South when the war broke out.  
> Without telling his father, the boy enlisted in the Confederate  Army.  
> The following morning,  heartbroken, the father asked permission of his 
> superiors to give  his son a full military burial, despite his enemy status. 
> His  request was only partially granted. 
> The Captain had asked if he  could have a group of Army band members play a 
> funeral dirge for  his son at the funeral.  
> The request was turned down  since the soldier was a Confederate.  

> But, out of respect for the  father, they did say they could give him only 
> one musician.  

> The Captain chose a bugler.  He asked the bugler to play a  series of 
> musical notes he had found on a piece of paper in the  pocket of the dead youth's 
> uniform.  
> This wish was granted.  

> The words are: 

> Day is done. 
> Gone  the sun. 
> From the lakes  
> From the hills.    
> From the sky. 
> All is well.  
> Safely  rest.  
> God is nigh. 

> Fading light. 
> Dims  the sight. 
> And a star. 
> Gems the  sky. 
> Gleaming  bright.  
> From afar.  
> Drawing  nigh.  
> Falls the night. 

> Thanks and  praise.  
> For our days.  
> Neath the  sun  
> Neath the stars.  
> Neath the  sky 
> As we go. 
> This we  know.  
> God is nigh  

> I too have felt the chills  while listening to 'Taps' but I have never seen 
> all the words to  the song until now. I didn't even know there was  more 
> than one verse.  I also never knew the story behind the  song and I didn't 
> know if you had either so I thought I'd pass it  along.  

> I now have an even deeper  respect for the song than I did before.  

> Remember Those Lost and  Harmed While Serving Their Country. 
> Also Remember Those Who Have  Served And Returned; and for those presently 
> serving in the Armed  Forces. 

> Please send this on after a  short prayer.