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    us
    Jan 2008
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    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.
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    us
    Jan 2010
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    That is unreal. That man saw a lot of action. A great historical find. Are you researching him? Keep us informed

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    us
    Anything worth doing is worth overdoing

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    No kidding! Congrats! Banner all the way!!!
    "Its a lot better for em to ask ya how ya doin than whatcha doin" -Tom Dickey

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    us
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    Quote Originally Posted by ynpto804 View Post
    That is unreal. That man saw a lot of action. A great historical find. Are you researching him? Keep us informed
    I have done some research. Still looking.

  5. #5
    us
    Jan 2008
    Morristown, Tennessee
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    Quote Originally Posted by ynpto804 View Post
    That is unreal. That man saw a lot of action. A great historical find. Are you researching him? Keep us informed
    Thanks for the Banner nod. It has been my best find lately.

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    us
    Nov 2009
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    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
    Class: 1
    Congressional District: 27th
    Age on 1 July 1863: 27
    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1836
    Race: White
    Marital Status: Married
    Place of Birth: Prussia


    Frank Ritz
    Side: Union
    Regiment State/Origin: Union Regular Army
    Regiment Name: 14 U.S. Inf.
    Regiment Name Expanded: 14th Regiment, US Infantry (Regular Army)
    Company: E
    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
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    us
    Apr 2011
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    Wow, that's an awesome find!!! I can't wait to hear about the research.

  8. #8
    Charter Member

    Jan 2007
    Northern Middle Tennessee
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    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.
    View more Tenn. Trio hunts by going to "You Tube" & typing in "Quindy Robertson".

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    us
    Strip Minning Northern California, one Silver Coin at a time....but never leave a trace...

    Nov 2006
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    This is another one of the graet finds that keep us loving history! Awesome!!
    Hunting San Francisco Bay Area since 1985

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    Artist

    Mar 2012
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    Amazing congrats on banner

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    Ace250man

    Jul 2004
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    Awesome CW relic find and congrats on the banner!!!
    ALLEN

  12. #12
    us
    Mar 2010
    East Tn
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    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

  13. #13
    us
    Oct 2009
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    Yo Treasure hound .. Big Congrats on Getting a Banner ! that is ONE Fantastic CW dogtag , just Awesome man

    dawg
    Where Ever You Go , There You Are

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    us
    Mar 2012
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    Congratulations!

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    Finding an item like that is why we all are addicted to this hobby!

 

 
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