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Origin of Taps

 
 
Origin of Taps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 23, 2010
1. Origin of Taps Marker
Inscription.
During the Civil War in July 1862, when the Army of the Potomac was in camp on this site, Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield summoned Private Oliver Willcox Norton, his Brigade Bugler to his tent. He whistled some new tune and asked the bugler to sound it for him. After repeated trials and changing the time of some notes which were scribbled on the back of an envelope, the call was finally arranged to suit General Butterfield and used for the first time that night. From that time it became and remains to this day the official call for "Taps."

Erected by
The American Legion
Department of Virginia
in tribute to
American War Dead of All Wars
July 4, 1969

 
Erected 1969 by American Legion Department of Virginia.
 
Location. 37° 18.92′ N, 77° 10.799′ W. Marker is in Charles City, Virginia, in Charles City County. Marker can be reached from Harrison Landing Road 0.8 miles south of Westover Road (Virginia Route 633), on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Follow left path behind Berkeley Plantation leading to the James River, Taps Monument on left. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City VA 23030, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Origin of Taps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 23, 2010
2. Origin of Taps Marker
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Benjamin Harrison (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Official Thanksgiving (about 500 feet away); Capt. John Woodliffe (about 600 feet away); Berkeley and Harrison's Landing (approx. 0.2 miles away); Herring Creek (approx. one mile away); Stuart's Ride (approx. 1.1 miles away); First English Thanksgiving in Virginia (approx. 1.2 miles away); Berkeley Plantation or Harrison's Landing (approx. 1.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Charles City.
 
More about this marker. In July 2012, the Taps Monument was re-dedicated on the 150th Anniversary of Taps. The marker being refurbished. The photos that you see here were taken before this.
 
Also see . . .
1. Taps. Wikipedia (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.) 

2. Origin of Taps- History Channel (video). YouTube (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.) 

3. Taps 150. (Submitted on August 12, 2015, by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicWar, US Civil
 
Origin of Taps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 23, 2010
3. Origin of Taps Marker
Origin of Taps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 23, 2010
4. Origin of Taps Marker
Trail and sign leading to Marker
Origin of Taps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 23, 2010
5. Origin of Taps Marker
James River image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 23, 2010
6. James River
James River view next to the Taps Marker
Berkeley Plantation House image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher, June 23, 2010
7. Berkeley Plantation House
Follow path to left back of house to get to the Taps Marker
Daniel Butterfield image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher
8. Daniel Butterfield
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
Taps Bugler Playing over an Open Grave image. Click for full size.
By Brandon Fletcher
9. Taps Bugler Playing over an Open Grave
A military funeral-
Contributor: Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph)
Courtesy of the Library of Congress
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 150 times since then and 6 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by Brandon Fletcher of Chattanooga, Tennessee. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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