Origin of Taps

Origin of Taps (HM1MTM)

Location: Charles City, VA 23030 Charles City County
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 18.92', W 77° 10.799'

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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
Year Placed1969
Placed ByAmerican Legion Department of Virginia
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Date Added Thursday, August 13th, 2015 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 306825 N 4132082
Decimal Degrees37.31533333, -77.17998333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 18.92', W 77° 10.799'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 18' 55.2" N, 77° 10' 47.94" W
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Area Code(s)804
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 12526 Harrison Landing Rd, Charles City VA 23030, US
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