BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN TRADITION EVENT JUNE 22-24 2012

Thanks to all who made this a great event!

Thanks to the TAPS 150 Board members

Les Hampton
Gerald McDonald
Ron Glazer
Larry DuPree

CW Re-enactor Coordinators:

Michael Schaffner
Bill Watson
Ron Myzie

CW Bugler Coordinators:

Doug Grunn
Frank Dorritie

The great Volunteers who gave their time

All the CW Re-enactors

And the Berkeley Plantation staff
Malcolm Jamieson, owner
Tammy Radcliff, events coordinator

and
Heather Faust

Photos and videos will be posted

“BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN TRADITION”
The 150th Anniversary commemoration of Taps

BERKELEY PLANTATION
12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, VA 23030

Admission to Berkeley Plantation is free to the general public
for this event (June 22-24, 2012)

Sidney King painting of the writing of Taps. Original painting is at Berkeley
Sidney King painting of the writing of Taps. Original painting is at Berkeley

Welcome to the information page for “Birth of an American Tradition”-The 150th Anniversary commemoration of Taps at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia. This three-day event, June 22-24, 2012, will celebrate the birth of America’s national song of remembrance and feature Civil War re-enactors depicting the Union Army at rest at Harrison’s Landing (on the grounds of the plantation) following the Seven Days Battles in late June 1862.

Concerts by military bands on Friday night and a concert by the Federal City Brass Band Saturday night will add to the musical favor of the event as well as fife and drum music and music of bugles.

The focal point of the weekend will be the re-dedication of the Taps 150 monument on Saturday June 23 at 1100. The monument, originally erected in 1969, will be formally re-dedicated in ceremonies on the grounds.

Tours of the Berkeley Mansion will be given all weekend.
(There is a charge for the tour)
The Virginia Civil War 150 History Mobile is open all weekend.
(no charge)
The re-enactor camps will open at 8 AM on Saturday and Sunday.
President Abraham Lincoln and Major General George McClellan
will be present throughout the weekend.

 


Food service will be provided by the American Legion
Colonial Post 1776
of Williamsburg, Virginia

SCHEDULE

THURSDAY JUNE 22

7 PM Concert by The Federal City Brass Band-Fort Monroe, Virginia
63 miles south of Berkeley Plantation
http://www.nps.gov/fomr/index.htm

SCHEDULE

FRIDAY JUNE 22

3:00 Concert by The Federal City Brass Band – Rose Garden
5:00 Master Class by George Rabbai, Trumpet & Bugle Artist -under the trees near the mansion
5:45 Bugles Across America Trumpets/Bugles practice with Ken Rose, LTC (ret) – under the trees near the mansion
7:00 Concert by The Federal City Brass Band – Rose Garden
9:00 Tattoo performance by Bugles, Fifes & Drums – Taps Monument
10:00 Extinguish Lights/Three Drum Taps – Taps Monument

SATURDAY JUNE 23

6:30 Reveille – Bugles, Fifes & Drums – Taps Monument
8:00 Berkeley Plantation Grounds open for visitors
8:00 Flag Raising Ceremony – Taps Monument
8-4:30 Living History, Firing demos by 83rd PA – Re-enactor Camp
8:30 Dress Parade – Parade Field Major General George B. McClellan will address the troops
9:00 Berkeley Mansion tours begin
9:00 Master Class with George Rabbai, Trumpet & Bugle Artist -under the trees near the mansion
9:30 “The Origin of Taps” with General Butterfield & Bugler Norton -Taps Monument
9:45 Bugles Across America Trumpets/Bugles practice with Ken Rose, LTC (ret) – under the trees near the mansion
11:00 Taps Monument Re-dedication Ceremony – Taps Monument
1:00 Program on Oliver Willcox Norton by Richard Pawling, Historical Interpreter – under the trees near the mansion
1:30 Skirmishing by the Bugle – Parade Field
2:00 History of Civil War Bugling and Taps by Jari Villanueva – under the trees near the mansion
2:30 “The Origin of Taps” with General Butterfield & Bugler Norton – Taps Monument
3:00 Concert by BAA Trumpets, Bugles, Fifes & Drums – Rose Garden
4:00 Program on the 83rd Pennsylvania and the Peninsula Campaign by George Deutsch, Historian – under the trees near the mansion
4:30 “The Origin of Taps” with General Butterfield & Bugler Norton – Taps Monument
5:00 Formal Dress Parade – Parade Field President Abraham Lincoln & Major General George B. McClellan will review the troops
5:30 Retreat Ceremony (Flag lowering) – Taps Monument
6:00 Last tour of Mansion
7:00 Concert by The Federal City Brass Band – Rose Garden President & Mrs. Lincoln will be escorted by Major General George B. McClellan
9:00 Tattoo performance by Bugles, Fifes & Drums – Taps Monument
10:00 The 150th Anniversary sounding of Taps – Taps Monument

SUNDAY JUNE 24

7:00 Reveille – Bugles, Fifes & Drums – Taps Monument
8:00 Berkeley Plantation Grounds open for visitors
8:00 Flag Raising Ceremony – Taps Monument
8-2:00 Living History, Firing demos by 83rd PA – Re-enactor Camp
8:30 Civil War Church Service – Rose Garden
9:15 Master Class with Jeff Stockham, Trumpet & Bugle Artist -under the trees near the mansion
9:30 Berkeley Mansion tours begin
9:30 “The Origin of Taps” with General Butterfield & Bugler Norton –

Taps Monument

10:00 Dress Parade – Parade Field
10:30 Ceremony dedicating memorial stone for Medal of Honor Recipient Willie Johnston, drummer boy with the 8th Vermont Infantry – near Taps Monument
11:00 Concert by Bugles Across America Trumpets, Bugles, Fifes & Drums – Rose Garden
12:00 Skirmishing by the Bugle – Parade Field
12:30 “The Origin of Taps” with General Butterfield & Bugler Norton -Taps Monument
1:00 Concert by the Patriot Brass Ensemble Quintet – Rose Garden
3:00 Re-enactor Camp closes
4:30 Last tour of Mansion


Berkeley Plantation 

CLICK HERE FOR PDF OF MAP

Berkeley Plantation

Berkley plantation


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Chris Morgan, photographer who does period wet plate images will be at Berkeley Plantation for the Taps 150 event “Birth of an American Tradition” Chris will take period images of the event plus be available for portraits.

Check out other photos of Chris Morgan


91168 History Mobile

GREAT NEWS!!

The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile will be at Berkeley Plantation during the weekend of our TAPS150 event
http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/historymobile.php
http://www.virginiacivilwar.org/hist…slideshow.html


 

Monument
The Taps Monument at Berkeley Plantation
is scheduled to undergo a renovation.

Here is a radio play on the birth of Taps recorded in 1962

THE BIRTH OF TAPS

Tom Carlin AS GENERAL DAN BUTTERFIELD
Lou Madonia AS BUGLER OLIVER W. NORTON
Recorded in 1962 for the 100th anniversary of Taps

 


The Plantation

the plantation

Berkeley Plantation, located in Charles City, Virginia, is rich with American history. The main home was built in 1726 by Benjamin Harrison on what was originally 8,000 acres along the James River. It was here that the ninth United States President, William Henry Harrison was born. Signer of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin Harrison V was born here as well.

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Here are some great contemporary images from Harrison’s Landing July-August 1862:

CLICK HERE