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PostSubject: Soldiers gold ring   12/13/2009, 3:06 pm

I recently found a soldiers ring at the battle of Cold Harbor. I believe the soldier was in Merritt's Brigade near Beulah Church, night of May 31 64', and morning of June 1 64'. I am finding a lot of melted lead, drop 3 ringers, shot confederate bullets(gardners, enfields, round balls, etc.) along with shrapnel and small canister shot. I found a rifleman Eagle R cuff about 20 feet from the ring, and believe the troops are part of the 2nd US Calvary.

I believe this the action area I am searching:

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The command was counter-marched and reoccupied the old breastworks before daylight. About 0600, June 1, the Confederate infantry made a desperate assault on the reserve brigade but were handsomely repulsed by Merritt’s men. After a second unsuccessful assault, the enemy made no further attempt until the cavalry was relieved by the Sixth Corps at 1000. Sheridan’s force then marched to Prospect Church and went into camp.


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Notice Wesley Merritt's pinky ring here:

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I'm trying to learn more about the symbolism of the ring and what the design on the sides of the stone shield are. My best guess is a torch and wreath?

The Bloodstone apparently represents, bravery and courage and is the hero's gemstone. The shield is either representative of the US Shield or Protection or both. Bloodstone also stood for protection from bleeding or hemorrhage. The torch is representative of eternal life and truth, the wreath victory. Wheat could be the symbol of prosperity. At least from what I have found on the net.

Any further help in my research would be greatly appreciated. Especially on what troops may have worn the Eagle R in 2nd US Calvary under Merritt.

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Mine does not have an inscription unfortunately.


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PostSubject: Re: Soldiers gold ring   12/13/2009, 5:41 pm

Thanks for posting this on here, Tom!

We're looking around right now to see what we can find. If anyone else knows anything, please post!

-Ian

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PostSubject: 2nd NY Mounted Rifles?   12/13/2009, 7:09 pm

I found this information

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Private Phillips in this photo is wearing a pinky ring

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NEW YORK

* Infantry: 3rd, 7th, 10th, 12th, 34th, 39th, 40th, 42nd, 43rd, 44th, 46th, 47th, 48th, 49th, 51st, 57th, 59th, 61st, 62nd, 63rd, 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th, 69th, 70th, 71st, 72nd, 73rd, 74th, 76th, 77th, 80th, 82nd, 83rd, 86th, 88th, 89th, 92nd, 93rd, 94th, 95th, 96th, 97th, 98th, 104th, 106th, 108th, 109th, 111th, 112th, 115th, 117th, 118th, 120th, 121st, 122nd, 124th, 125th, 126th, 139th, 140th, 142nd, 146th, 147th, 148th, 151st, 152nd, 155th, 164th, 169th, 170th, 182nd Regiments; 1st Bn. Sharpshooters.
* Cavalry: 1st, 2nd, 2nd Mounted Rifles (dismounted), 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 19th, 24th (dismounted) Regiments; Oneida Cav.
* Artillery, Heavy: 2nd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 14th, 15th Regiments.
* Artillery, Field: 1st, 3rd, 4th, 11th, 12th, 15th, 19th, 27th, 34th Batteries; 15th Horse Artillery.
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PostSubject: Re: Soldiers gold ring   12/13/2009, 7:58 pm

Great post and Fantastic find!

This is one of the more interesting items I've seen dug recently. It's very unique and looks like your doing your research to find all the information you can about it. My first thought at seeing the ring is the design of the shield closely resembles the 9th Corps Dept of Ohio, Army of the Potomac design. One other interesting thing about this Idea is that the 9th Corps was adopted in April 10th, 1864. This places this design being adopted just a little over a month before the date you think it was lost. Here is a pic below of a 9th Corps badge.

Again congrats on a Fantastic find. WOW!!

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PostSubject: Re: Soldiers gold ring   12/14/2009, 12:59 pm

Hey Tom,

I sent you an email with some information pertaining to the ring..
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PostSubject: Re: Soldiers gold ring   12/17/2009, 12:10 am

Oh man. There is NOTHING like a personal relic with a little history...
Awesome find.
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PostSubject: Re: Soldiers gold ring   12/17/2009, 2:22 pm

I agree great finds.
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