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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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    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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    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.

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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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    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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    Wow, that's an awesome find!!! I can't wait to hear about the research.

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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.
    Everyone will make a good find on occasion. The challenge is to find CW relics consistently.

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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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    Amazing congrats on banner

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

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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

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

    dawg
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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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    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!

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    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!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bramblefind View Post
    That is FANTASTIC! Congratulations!

    Could it possibly read 14th Infantry instead of 4th? I found a Frank Ritz listed with them-
    Thanks for the info. It is nice to finally put some personal info with this tag.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VOL1266-X View Post
    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.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tnrelicman View Post
    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
    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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