Apr 01, 2012, 10:11 PM
Civil War ID tag
Last week I attended the invitational DIV hunt in beautiful Culpeper, VA and had a great time as always. This was on my bucket list and I was so excited to find it. At first I thought it was a large cent then I showed it to my buddies James Bibb and Josh (Sentinel) right after I dug it and James cleaned a little to reveal some of the detail. That was when we recognized it was an ID tag. The name on the tag is Frank Ritz Co. E 4th US INF ANTIETAM, FRED'K'SBURG, GAINS MILL, S. MOUNTAIN, MALV. HILL. The front still needs to be cleaned but I want to make sure it is cleaned properly as this is one of my best finds lately.
Apr 01, 2012 10:11 PM
Apr 01, 2012, 11:00 PM
That is unreal. That man saw a lot of action. A great historical find. Are you researching him? Keep us informed
Apr 02, 2012, 03:29 AM
Strike the tent
No kidding! Congrats! Banner all the way!!!
"Its a lot better for em to ask ya how ya doin than whatcha doin" -Tom Dickey
Apr 02, 2012, 11:08 AM
I have done some research. Still looking.
Originally Posted by ynpto804
Apr 02, 2012, 11:09 AM
Thanks for the Banner nod. It has been my best find lately.
Originally Posted by ynpto804
Apr 02, 2012, 12:01 PM
That is FANTASTIC! Congratulations!
Could it possibly read 14th Infantry instead of 4th? I found a Frank Ritz listed with them-
Name: Frank Ritz
Residence: Wayland, New York
Congressional District: 27th
Age on 1 July 1863: 27
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1836
Marital Status: Married
Place of Birth: Prussia
Regiment State/Origin: Union Regular Army
Regiment Name: 14 U.S. Inf.
Regiment Name Expanded: 14th Regiment, US Infantry (Regular Army)
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M233 roll 28
Enlisted New York, NY Jan 10, 1862 14th Infantry Co E Discharged Jan 10 1865 Ex of Ser at Elmira, NY a Prvt See Log 386 1867
Apr 02, 2012, 12:54 PM
Wow, that's an awesome find!!! I can't wait to hear about the research.
Apr 02, 2012, 02:57 PM
Randy, that's an absolutely AWESOME recovery and Congrats on the BANNER. Thanks for sending me a cell message aftewr you dug it. I know you were excited and definitely should have been. HH and CONGRATS, Quindy.
Everyone will make a good find on occasion. The challenge is to find CW relics consistently.
Apr 02, 2012, 03:09 PM
Strip Mining Northern California, One Silver Coin at a time...
This is another one of the graet finds that keep us loving history! Awesome!!
Hunting San Francisco Bay Area since 1985
Apr 02, 2012, 03:21 PM
Amazing congrats on banner
Apr 02, 2012, 04:43 PM
Awesome CW relic find and congrats on the banner!!!
Apr 02, 2012, 07:22 PM
Well I have been waiting to see this jewel up on the banner list from the day you dug it, like I told you then...that's as good as it gets Civil war in my opinion. Something you can trace has so much significant value. Congratulations buddy
Apr 02, 2012, 08:57 PM
Apr 02, 2012, 09:11 PM
Apr 02, 2012, 09:41 PM
Finding an item like that is why we all are addicted to this hobby!
Apr 02, 2012, 11:25 PM
CONGRATS on a fabulous Civil War find and for making the BANNER on this historical piece! Breezie
Every time I watch Gone With The Wind, I think we're gonna win this time!
Apr 03, 2012, 12:51 AM
DIG, RECOVER, PRESERVE...THE SCOURGE OF THE DIRT!
Randy, I knew when I saw that Sweet Thing that it was NO token, that you had something MUCH more special when I read the words "Gains Mill!" CONGRATULATIONS, I knew it had more detail...and boy did it ever, you can read all the battles, the name, EVERYTHING. That is a fantastic, holy grail find, that not too many folks get to find these days and it could'nt have been found to a nicer, better friend! Congratulations again on the find and not even a doubt that it would make the Banner!!
Apr 03, 2012, 02:30 PM
Thanks for the info. It is nice to finally put some personal info with this tag.
Originally Posted by Bramblefind
Apr 03, 2012, 02:32 PM
Thanks Quindy. I am still pretty excited over this find. Probably one of my best finds. I sent you the message shorty after I dug it as I knew you would want to see it.
Originally Posted by VOL1266-X
Apr 03, 2012, 02:34 PM
Thanks Guy. I wish you could have been there buddy. It wasn't the same without you and Mike there. Have to make sure we all attend the next one.
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