Lost Civil War Ring Returned To Soldier’s Family After Long Journey Home

READING, Pa. (April 10, 2013)--A that Union soldier Levi Schlegel lost during the Civil War has completed a long journey home.

Schlegel, a Reading, Pa.-area native, is believed to have lost the ring nearly 150 years ago at an encampment near Fredericksburg, Va.

Relic hunter John Blue found the ring at a construction site in 2005, but he didn't know how to find Schlegel's descendants, and kept it in a box for several years.

A genealogist ultimately helped Blue track down Schlegel's family in Reading.

The ring was presented to a distant cousin Tuesday during a ceremony at Levi Schlegel's grave in Reading.

Cousin Ernie Schlegel called it "a hero's journey."

Levin Schlegel fathered 11 children.

He died in 1932 at the age of 91.


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