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It all began with Brig Gen Daniel Adams Butterfield in 1862. The troops were sleeping under poor conditions during the Civil War and he wanted his men to fall asleep with a soothing melody...which came to be known as Butterfield's Lullaby. At Arlington Cemetery, Taps is always played at the Burial of a Fallen Warrior. This is for them. "I wore the Taps pin last week while at Arlington. 'Simple Elegance' the sentiment shared by all!!" (Comment from a client who purchased Taps). Gold Tone solid brass. Measures 1/4" x 2 3/4". Read the Long Description for the Sentiment Card Verbiage.
It was a very hot July night in 1862. The 140,000 exhausted, demoralized Union men were encamped in the soggy mud along the James River. Brig Gen Daniel Adams Butterfield would not stay in a plantation home, he camped in a tent close to his men. Butterfield had a deep compassion for his men and had risked his own life many times to ensure their safety. In fact, he is a Medal of Honor recipient. That July night he thought to himself that the soldiers could not go to sleep under such wretched conditions and sleep is what the soldiers needed more than anything. He pullled out his watch and saw that the bugler would soon signal "extinguish lights". He always thought the call was too harsh, not at all soothing. So......the general ordered the bugler to his tent and handed him some notes he had written in pencil on the back of an envelope. It was known throughout the Union forces as Butterfield's Lullaby. Today, Taps is rendered for every veteran when laid to rest.