Notes From A Nation's HeartBook - 2002
A history of the simple but powerful song is interwoven with recollections of people from all walks of life whose lives have been affected by it.
No song is more intrinsically woven into the American tapestry than "Taps." Composed of a mere twenty-four notes, for nearly a century and a half it has been played to honor our country's fallen heroes, to pay tribute to our flag, and to herald the end of another day in a nation where freedom never sleeps. At one time or another every American has been touched by its haunting melody -- its clear, sad tones conjuring up memories of loved ones lost, instilling hope, bringing comfort and peace.
In a work of heart and scholarship, author Richard H. Schneider examines the legends, the history, and the enduring importance of a simple, soaring anthem that was first played in the aftermath of a horrific confrontation on American soil -- the gift of a Union officer to his brave, battle-weary troops. Here the truths and myths of this plaintive bugle call are brought to light, mingled with poignant and stirring recollections of people from all walks of life -- soldiers and civilians, men and women, young and old -- whose lives have been influenced by it. A song for the generations -- past and to come -- its power is unequaled, its legacy is every American's.
In these challenging times of tribulation and uncertainty, Richard H. Schneider's Taps serves as a reminder of a great nation's struggles and triumphs, offering a balm for the spirit and hope for a new century.
A moving history of this simple but powerful song retraces this history of taps through the lives of Americans--young, old, military, and civilian--whose lives were affected by it.