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
CW Re-enactor Coordinators
CW Bugler Coordinators
The great Volunteers who gave their time
All the CW Re-enactors
And the Berkeley Plantation staff
Malcolm Jamieson, owner
Tammy Radcliff, events coordinator
Photos and videos will be posted
“BIRTH OF AN AMERICAN TRADITION”
The 150th Anniversary commemoration of Taps
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
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
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. CLICK ON THE PHOTO ABOVE FOR MORE IMAGES
The Civil War 150 HistoryMobile will be at Berkeley Plantation during the weekend of our TAPS150 event
The Federal City Brass Band will perform all weekend!
President Abraham Lincoln as portrayed by Robert Costello will be
at Berkeley Plantation during the weekend
recreating Lincoln’s visit to Harrison’s Landing to
review the troops.
Major General George P. McClellan as portrayed by Mike Seeley will be at Berkeley Plantation on Saturday reviewing the troops and escorting President Lincoln to the concert by the Federal City Brass Band to the strains of “Hail to The Chief”…
The weekend event will be filmed by Lion Heart Film Works
Drawings by Wayne Bollman
Click the drawing for more information
Wayne will be set up all weekend near the Gazebo
The Taps Monument at Berkeley Plantation
is scheduled to undergo a renovation.
For information, click HERE
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
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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.