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Dedicated to my ancestors who died fighting to preserve the Union and to keep our citizens free.

 

The French used a version of 24 note melody called tattoo to  signal thier troops to cease drinking and go to bed.

The version of taps that gave us present-day taps was made during America's Civil War by Union Gen. Daniel Adams Butterfield, leader of a brigade camped at Harrison Landing, Va., near Richmond. Until then , the U.S. Army's infantry's final call was "L'Extinction des feux." Gen. Butterfield decided the  this music was too formal to signal the day's end. On a day in July 1862 he recalled the tattoo music and after humming a version of it to an aide, the aid wrote the notes down in music. Butterfield then asked the brigade bugler, Oliver W. Norton, to play the notes .
He ordered Norton to play this new call at the end of each day instead of the regulation call. The music was heard and accepted by other brigades, who asked for copies and adopted this bugle call. It was also adopted by Confederate buglers.
Tap was made the official Army bugle call after the war, but was not given the name "taps" until 1874.

 Taps was played at the funeral of Confederate Gen. Stonewall Jackson 10 months after it was composed.

Army infantry regulations by 1891 required taps to be played at military funeral ceremonies.
Taps now is played by the military at burial and memorial services, to accompany the lowering of the flag and to signal the "lights out" command at day's end.

TAPS

Day is done.......Gone the sun........

From the lakes.......From the hills.........From the skies.
All is well, Safely rest.......God is nigh.......

Fading light.....Dims the sight......And a star.......
Gems the sky,..........Gleaming bright
From afar, Drawing nigh, Falls the night.

Thanks and praise, For our days, Neath the sun,
Neath the stars, Neath the sky,

As we go, This we know, God is nigh.

This page will give you background on a few of my uncles who died in battle during the civil war.Thier stories are at the bottom of this page. It is my hope that as I complete my family history I will be able to ad more of my heroes here. I in no way try to say that either side was right or in the wrong. On both sides there were individual ideals and opinions.

Camp Bragg: It was from here that my grand Uncles left for the war. Oshkosh was a growing town back then. The hub of excitement and activity.One can almost imagine the hundreds of families that came from all over Wisconsin to say their good byes to the young men going off to war in the train cars that took them south.
Camp Bragg was a temporary Civil War organization point and training center for the 21st and 32nd Wisconsin regiments. It was named in honor of Brigadier General Edward S. Bragg of the Iron Brigade the 6th Wisconsin Infantry. The site of the camp is now the Camp Bragg Memorial Park on the Northwest corner of Hazel and Cleveland Streets, across from Mercy Medical Hospital in the City of Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin

Please come back soon. I have just begun to build this page
and hope to have it partially completed very soon.

You can find out more about the civil war by visiting these sites.

Divided and United

Causes of The Civil War

NARA: Civil War Records

The United States Civil War Center

American Civil War Homepage

Selected Civil War Photographs

Browse the Roster of Wisconsin Volunteers

The Wisconsin Veteran's Museum

The History of Wisconsin, Volume II: The Civil War Era 1848-1873

Dakota State University Madison, SD, USA The American Civil War

Illinois in the Civil War

Civil War Rosters - Arranged by State

Ohio in the Civil War

Michigan in the Civil War

Vermont in the Civil War

Arkansas in the Civil War

The Virginia Civil War Homepage

Civil War @ Charleston (S.C.)

NARA: Women Soldiers in the Civil War

Civil War Women On-line Archival Collections

The History Place: The U.S. Civil War, 1861 -1865

WWW.CivilWar.Com

Poetry and Music of the War Between the States

Letters from an Iowa Soldier in the Civil War

Nathan Bates

I try to imagine this Nathan Bates. He was a great great uncle of mine.
Nathan was born to Alonzo and Lucy Bates, in the year of 1843. He was born in Canada to a father who was a citizen of the United States. Not until he was about 11 did the family move back into the States. His baby sister Eva , my great grandmother was born in Wisconsin.

I wonder if Alonzo and Lucy could have seen the future if they would still have moved to Wisconsin and send thier son off to war.

On August 9,1862 at the age of 19 Nathan Bates enlisted in the Union Army, 21st Wisconsin Infantry, Co. K.

The 21st Infantry was organized in Oshkosh Wisconsin and mustered into duty September 5, 1862.
By December of 1863 they were attatched to the Army of the Cumberland. They advanced on Murfreesboro
from December 26-30, Jefferson on December 30,and battle of Stone's River December 30 &31.
On December 30,1862 during one of these battles Nathan Bates was taken prisoner. He was later released and was dicharged on a medical disabilty March 11, 1863. He was sent home where he died on April 14, 1863.
It took only a mere 8 months to go to war, come home and die.
I wonder, would Alonzo and Lucy have changed thier minds about moving to Wisconsin had they known what was to happen to thier first born son?


William C. Bates

Alonzo and Lucy's second born son. William C. was born in Canada in 1847.

William C. enlisted in the Union Army, one year after the death of his brother Nathan. I try to imagine him also. He was only 17. I can see him telling his Pa he had to go. He had to pay those Rebels back for what they did to his brother Nathan. Alonzo had to sign his permission to go.

William enlisted in Wisconsin 21st Infantry, co G., February 18,1864.
The 21st Wisconsin Infantry was in the Atlanta (Ga.) Campaign .They fought many battles across those mountains between Chattanooga and Atlanta. In one of those battles, just a mere month after he enlisted William C. Bates was killed by a cannon ball. William C. is buried in the Chattanooga National Cemetery, Tn.

Charles Hopkins, 1st husband of MaryAnn Bates
Charles Hopkins was the first husband of my great great aunt Mary Ann Bates. Charles was also a member of the Wisconsin 21st co. K. The year was 1862. 
Charles Hopkins died in KY. of Pneumonia.
 Charles left behind a wife and baby girl he never got to see.


William Barrington, 2nd husband of Mary Ann Bates Hopkins.

William Barrington ,born in Ireland, was on a selling trip down the Mississippi River when the Civil War broke out. The family legend has it that being the True Irishman that he was and the popular idea that the war would be over in 30 days, enlisted in the Confederate army so he would not miss the fight. How true this is we can only guess at. Family legends grow and grow over the years.
William Barrington, fought with the Confederate army, was eventually captured, escaped and walked home from Gettysburg. Lore says that his brother, who fought  for the Union ran him off the homestead when he walked up the driveway.

Copyright.pschroeder. Neenah, Wi.