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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