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An Excerpt From Twenty-Four Notes That Tap Deep Emotions: The story of America’s most famous bugle call



Norton 83rd PA

Norton in 1863
Norton in 1863

Lt. OW Norton

Norton in 1890
Norton in 1890


Daniel Butterfield as a colonel in the Twelfth N.Y. Militia
Daniel Butterfield as a colonel in the Twelfth N.Y. Militia
Brigadier General Butterfield
Brigadier General Butterfield

Daniel Butterfield CDV

16.-24 Notes

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  1. lol Raley lol Raley June 6, 2019

    Excellent piece of history for this Memorial Day. I was 7 when WWll ended, but growing up near Fort Hood Texas, I remember the troop trains with soldiers headed for transfer locations. I had three uncles serving – one Navy in the Pacific, one Army serving under General Patton, and one serving in Army Intellegence in Europe. All survived! As the years pass, more emphasis needs to be given for remembrance of the sacrifice Americans made to stop the Nazis. Those veterans are rapidly fading away and the history of WWll along with them.

  2. Martin Martin July 2, 2017

    More interesting to add is, that Taps consists of 24 notes. Why this is important is that the number 24 is important to Freemasons — which Major General Daniel Butterfield was indeed a Freemason from Metropolitan Lodge #273 New York

  3. […] ceremony the history of the Taps was shared. I didn’t write it down, but I found this on the Taps Bugler Website  As the story goes, General Butterfield was not pleased with the call for Extinguish Lights, […]

  4. Tapsbugler Tapsbugler Post author | April 15, 2013

    the name Taps come from three drum taps. Please refer to the history of Taps on this site

  5. Donald Kalbach Donald Kalbach April 15, 2013

    I had always heard, and I’m sure I read somewhere, that the name taps also referred to “tap-to,” which signaled that that taps on the beer kegs were to be shut, or turned “to.” I do not find that information anywhere. Is there any truth to this?

  6. Harry Weglin Harry Weglin October 20, 2012

    The Bugler
    © by Harry Weglin 2011

    At Arlington
    where heroes sleep
    at Gettysburg
    and Flanders too

    From off my shining bugle
    the setting sun
    Fires a flash of light
    to the downcast faces
    gathered ‘round

    each time as the first
    Tears burn my cheeks
    Once a young recruit
    now an
    Old soldier am I

    When I am placed
    among the heroes
    to sleep
    Who will raise a bugle
    For me ?

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