Ring may hold key to identity of Monitor sailor
- NORFOLK, Virginia, (AP) -- Excavators recovered a hand still
wearing a ring Wednesday from the gun turret of the Civil War
ironclad USS Monitor, and hoped the jewelry could identify one of
the soldiers who died when the ship sank 140 years ago.
"We're hoping that there might be an inscription" on the ring,
said John Broadwater, chief scientist of the Monitor salvage
effort. He said the plain band could be a wedding ring, although
it was on the fourth finger of the right hand, not the left where
wedding bands are traditionally worn.
But he said an engraving or message "would be one of the strongest
links we would have for identification."
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