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Posted By: on: 08/20/2000 13:43:11 EDT
Subject: RE: Hunley

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Is there any pics of the raising of the Hunley on the internet? I missed all the news on t.v
Vickie

Yes VICKIE Color pics galore!!!

Go to www.wcsc.com/hunley/gallery.htm

awesome pics with constant updates!!



thanks Ironclad.that web site has great photos.Wish I could see it in person!Simply amazing after all those years under water!
Vickie


Great pictures of the Hunley.

I have one question though regarding a technicality (as usual). One of the photos shows a bugler in period seaman's uniform playing "Taps".
Was "Taps" used by the Confederacy? Didn't Taps originate with the North during the Civil War? In other words, is it technicaly correct to play Taps as a show of respect for Southern Civil War Dead?

Just a thought.
Bill N-T


Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe that Dan Butterfield (Union) "invented" TAPS. Although I don't think it was called TAPS then. I think the beginning of what we know as TAPS was a signal to notify the unit Butterfield commanded that the next orders blown, were for that unit. If I'm mistaken someone please let me know.
Bob


Bob,
The way I understand it, Ol' Dan Butterfield came up with a bugle call to preceed calls for his unit (V Corps I think at the time) so that his men would know the next call was for them. That call was a few simple notes. "Taps" on the other hand may or may not have been written by Butterfield, but it's a distinctly different call from the "ID call" mentioned above. There are of course, like all else connected with the Civil War, various legends connected with the authorship of Taps, but I believe it's Butterfield who's usually credited with writing it.
But, back to my original question, is it technically correct to play Taps to honor Confederate Civil War dead, since "Taps" is a Union bugle call?
Bill N-T



I dont think they ment any disrespect by playing taps even though it may be a union bugle call.Today taps is played in respect to all dead so I think it was ok.
Vickie



I found a rather long and interesting article about Butterfield and "Taps" and thought it would be worth posting the link here for all of you to read.....

Elly

http://www.west-point.org/taps/Taps.html



Folks,
I did a little research on TAPS and some of the stories say that it was also sounded for Confederated dead also. Well, anyway, I've found an interesting page with 3 different stories concerning the origin of TAPS. You should all take a look at this page.
Bob


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It occurs to me,that it matters very little,if
at all,whether or not taps is a Union or a Confederate tune.What matters is that these men have come home-finally,and should be given all of the respect due to any man who had the courage of his convictions sufficient to give his life for his beliefs.




I agree with the last post. ALL who fight for a cause and have distinguished themselves in battle deserve the respect that is given anyone who ever served for any fighting force. It would show that just maybe we are learning something from the war. That Prejudice is not necessary.

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