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A Long Time Getting Home

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READING, Pa. – A ring lost by a Union soldier from Pennsylvania during the Civil War has completed a long journey home.

The ring was worn by Levi Schlegel, a Reading-area native who is
believed to have lost it nearly 150 years ago at an encampment near
Fredericksburg, Va.

Relic hunter John Blue found the ring at a construction site in 2005.
Though it was engraved with Schlegel's name and unit -- "Co. G., 198th
P.V.," or Pennsylvania Volunteers -- Blue wasn't sure 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. On
Tuesday, Blue presented the ring to a distant cousin during a ceremony
at Levi Schlegel's grave in Reading.

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