Guilty as charged
Back when I started bugling/reenacting in 1997...the use of Taps at the end of a reenactment battle was pretty well universal....
During the American Civil War Taps was the call to Go To Sleep (and those were the original words./ditty)..... you may want people to go to divine service or parley based on Church Call....but Taps means lie down, lights out ,and go to sleep.....a stranger end to a battle reenactment than calling for a parley?.....and we often have parley's at NSA and Midwest battle reenactments....it's when the big wigs talk to each other after the battle.
although their is some indication that Taps was used at a few Funerals during the ACW.....we have more quotes that To Extinguish Lights was used at Funerals.....and more often than not Taps was not known as a bugle call during the American Civil War (the Taps are drum beats after all, meaning Silence in the camps....and didn't travel to the Trans-Mississippi/West of Louisville).
Authentically....the forces would disengage....and you might hear Cease Fire ringing out.....To the Color to reform the battalions.....maybe ask for a truce the next day to gather up the still living wounded....
we tend to use:
Cease Fire (in all three branches of service of course).
Rise Up for resurrection of the dead.
Church Call if a parley is desired
Taps if a memorial is going to held (the service two weeks after 9/11 at Greenbush, WI was particularly memorable.....may have been my finest sounding of Taps ever).
To the Color to reform the battalion.
My apologies for suggesting church call or cease fire instead of taps at battle reenactments in 1998 (you may recall that we didn't sound it after any of the big battles at G135....except for the camera (both George Rabbai and Tim Sheehan sounded it for film crews after Pickett's Charge......seperately).
my personal preference is to end the battle historically......many of the reenactments we all attend are sham battles, not reenactments of historical battles.....maybe a hats off, post war usage use of Taps as a memorial, and remembrance of their sacrifices is not such a bad idea....
Last edited by RJSamp; 07-23-2006 at 07:48 PM.
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