Do You Know The History Of Taps? Let John Wayne Tell You
“Taps” was composed by Union Army Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield. Butterfield commanded the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Division in the V Army Corps of the Army of the Potomac.
The song was first played in its current form in July of 1862 by Butterfield’s bugler, Oliver Norton. Shortly after it was composed it was being used by both the Union and Confederate armies. It was not officially recognized by the United States Army until 1874 and did not become a standard part of military funerals until 1891.
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