Doc C wrote: My daughter in law forwarded an email regarding the origin of taps in which a union officer Captain Robert Ellicombe is the composer. I've alwayw read that it was Butterfield. Any comments?
Snopes.com, for one, squashes the rumor that Ellicombe composed 'Taps':
There are many sites that bebunk the Ellicombe story as a myth,and that suggest neither Ellicombe or his son ever existed. The story of the brave Union captain finding his dead Confederate soldier son with the music in his pocket is rather like an Ambrose Bierce tale.