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Collection Number: 05158

Collection Title: Constantine Alexander Hege Papers, 1862-1863

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Size 26 items
Abstract Moravian Constantine Alexander Hege (1843-1914) served in the 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. He later owned an iron mill in Salem, N.C. The collection includes photocopies of typewritten transcripts of letters, 21 August 1862-10 October 1863, to Constantine Alexander Hege. Many of the letters are from Hege family members; others are from Hege's friends. Letters describe events in the Hege household and others within the Moravian community in Davidson County, N.C. Letters from Constantine's father, Solomon Hege, often contain passages encouraging Constantine to persist in his Moravian faith. Many letters decry the bloodshed of the Civil War and call for peace. Later letters concern attempts by Solomon Hege and others to secure Constantine's discharge from the Confederate Army.
Creator Hege, Constantine Alexander, 1843-1914.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Constantine Alexander Hege Papers #5158-z, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Edward Waters of Fairfax, Va., in May 2004 (Acc. 99794)
Location of Originals
Originals in private hands as of 2004.
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Constantine Alexander Hege was born in Davidson County, N.C., on 13 March 1843, to Solomon and Catherine Guinther Hege. Although, as a member of the Moravian Church he opposed the Civil War, he was obliged to enlist in the Confederate Army. Hege served for 14 months in Company H, 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment, before being captured on 14 October 1863 at the battle of Bristow Station, Va. After being released from the Old Capitol prison in Washington, D.C., he worked in an iron mill in Bethlehem, Pa. When the war ended, he moved to Salem, N.C., where he started Hege's Salem Iron Works. In 1877, he obtained a patent for a set of works for circular sawmills, making his iron works known across the country. Hege married Frances Mary Spaugh in 1870. The couple had three children: Walter Julius, Ella Florence, and Rose Estelle.

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The collection includes photocopies of typewritten transcripts of letters, 21 August 1862-10 October 1863, to Constantine Alexander Hege of Davidson County, N.C., while he was serving with the 48th North Carolina Infantry Regiment during the Civil War. Many of the letters are from Solomon Hege and Catherine Hege, parents of Constantine Alexander Hege. Others are from Mary L. Hege, Constantine Alexander Hege's sister; Theophilus T. Spaugh and Bettie Spaugh, cousins of Constantine Alexander Hege; and Daniel Wilson, G. W. Mock, Leander Mock, and Efram Fishel, friends of Constantine Alexander Hege. Letters relate events in the Hege household and others within the Moravian community in Davidson County, N.C. Letters from Solomon Hege often contain passages encouraging Constantine Alexander Hege to persist in his Moravian faith. Many letters decry the bloodshed of the Civil War and call for peace. Later letters concern attempts by Solomon Hege and others to secure Constantine Alexander Hege's discharge from the Confederate Army. Included with each letter is a photocopy of its cover. Also included are an index of people mentioned in the letters, a postscript, and a timeline of addresses for Constantine Alexander Hege.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Jesse Brown, October 2004

Encoded by: Jesse Brown, October 2004

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