The identity ring is returned to Levi Schlegel’s descendants in Pennsylvania 148 years after the conflict ended and 81 years after he died.
April 9, 2013 John Blue, left, a heavy-equipment operator and relic hunter from Manassas, returns a Civil War-era ring he found near Fredericksburg to Ernest Schlegel, who believes he is a distant cousin of its rightful owner, Pvt. Levi Schlegel, in Reading, Pa. Seen in the background is Levi Schlegel’s headstone. The soldier died at age 91. Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post Buy Photo