Civil War ring comes full circle

| April 10, 2013 | 1 Comment
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A soldier’s ring, lost 148 years ago in Virginia during the Civil War, came home to Reading on Tuesday with a touching ceremony in Charles Evans Cemetery.


Civil War ring found

Reading Eagle: Susan L. Angstadt
Virginia Civil War relic hunter John Blue and Ernie Schlegel of Reading hold the ring worn during the war by Rockland Township’s Levi Schlegel, a distant cousin of Ernie’s, on Tuesday at Charles Evans Cemetery. Levi’s name is emblazoned on the ring.

Worn by Levi Schlegel, a Rockland Township native who served under Gen. Ulysses S. Grant in the Battle of Appomattox Court House, the ring is believed to have been lost at an encampment near Fredericksburg. Victorious Union troops made camp there as they returned to Washington for the Grand Review of the Armies at the war’s end.

John Blue, a hunter of Civil War relics, found the ring in 2005, and through a series of circumstances, he was able to return it to Ernie Schlegel of Reading, a distant cousin of Levi.

“This is truly a hero’s journey,” Schlegel said Tuesday, standing at Levi’s grave on the anniversary of Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox. “I am grateful for the return of this important piece of Berks, Reading and United States history.”

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  1. Gary Long says:

    Very interesting article, must have been a very good feeling to both find the old ring, and return it finally, to a relative of the soldier who lost it.

    Gary Long

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