The first Taps

Union artilleryman Capt. John C. Tidball, second from left, who later became the longtime Commandant of the Artillery School at Fort Monroe, ordered the first performance of "Taps" as a funeral call at Berkeley Plantation in 1862. He's show here at Fair Oaks in June 1862, just weeks before the landmark performance that helped make the 24-note piece one of the most widely recognized tunes in American history.
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