“Taps” is derived from the Dutch word “taptoe" which was a command (Tap toe) for shutting the “tap” of a keg.
Union General Daniel Adams Butterfield during the American Civil War is the one who created the revised present-day version. He collaborated with Oliver Wilcox Norton, his bugler, to sound it. The melody gained popularity when both the Confederate and Union forces started using it. Hence, in 1874 the United States Army officially recognized it.
It was Union Captain John C. Tidball, who initiated the custom of playing the tune at military funerals. Finally, In 1891, the regulations of the U.S. infantry made “Taps” mandatory at all military funerals.
"Taps" not only is significant about creating a connection with families who have lost but it gives tribute and high-respect to an individual who has represented and served the country with the utmost honor.
Currently, "Taps" has prominent versions and is also extensively utilized at “Girl Guide,” “Girl Scout,” and “Boy Scout” camps and meetings.
Learn more about its history at: https://galaxymusicnotes.com/pages/the-story-behind-the-bugle-call-taps-often-used-in-u-s-military