READING, Pa. (WUSA9) -- John Blue, a third generation relic hunter from Manassas, never imagined what he would find on a construction site in Fredericksburg.
He's been searching for artifacts from the Civil War for thirty years.
But he never dreamed that one day while on a construction site in Fredericksburg, he would find a silver ring engraved with the name of a union soldier, Levi Schlegel.
"When you're sitting there holding a piece of history from 150 years ago, it's unreal," he said.
It's worth about $1,500 but the thought of selling it never crossed his mind. Instead, he spent seven years searching for the decedents of the rings rightful owner.
"I wanted to set an example. I've never heard of an ID piece going back to an original family member."
With the help of a genealogist who contacted the Reading Public Library, he was able to track them down.