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Lost Civil War ring returned to kin of Berks County soldier

Written by The Associated Press | Apr 10, 2013 11:35 AM
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(Reading) -- A Civil War-era ring lost by a Union soldier from Berks County nearly 150 years ago has completed its long journey home.

The ring was worn by Levi Schlegel, a Reading-area native who is believed to have lost it at an encampment near Fredericksburg, Virginia. 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 the ring 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 today during a ceremony at Levi Schlegel's grave in Reading.

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

Levin Schlegel fathered 11 children and died at age 91 in 1932.

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