The so-called Taps melody was created by Union Brigadier General Daniel Butterfield during the American Civil War.
Taps eventually became so popular that it became the armys bugle call to signal lights out during the war.
Still, most people now associate Taps with military deaths and for good reason.
Shortly after Butterfield introduced it, a funeral was held for a fallen soldier and the mans commanding officer decided that the traditional rifle volley over the grave could trigger more fighting.
So, instead a bugler was called upon to play the new tune, which caught on immediately as the music played during a military funeral.
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