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.