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Confederate (CSV)


Emelius D. Spach

(1841 - 1920)

Home State: North Carolina

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 48th North Carolina Infantry

Before Sharpsburg

A 20 year old farmer from Forsyth County, he enlisted there as 2nd Corporal of Company K, 48th North Carolina Infantry on 3 March 1862.

On the Campaign

He was reported missing in action at Sharpsburg on 17 September 1862.

The rest of the War

In October 1862 he was noted as "missing after battle of Sharpsburg, probably wounded & a prisoner" but as "absent without leave" on the December 1862 regimental return, the last military record in his file.

After the War

By 1869 he had joined relatives at Hope in Bartholomew County, Indiana who had been among the "Moravian immigrants" from Salem, North Carolina who settled there during and after the 1830s. He lived in Hope, IN for the rest of his life.

References & notes

His service information from Moore1 and his Compiled Service Records,2 online from fold3; both as E.D. Spach. Personal details from family genealogists, notably Lewis B. Clewell in his History of the Clewell Family in the United States of America, 1737-1907 (1907). He's seen in post-war records as Emelius David Spaugh. His gravesite is on Findagrave; his stone as Emelius D Spaugh.

He married Cornelia Elizabeth Beitel (1845-1934) in October 1869 at Hope, IN, and they had 4 children.

He was the 5th child and only son of Fredericke Charlotte Ebbecke (1808-1874) and David Charles Spach (1800-1872).

More on the Web

For much more about the Moravians, founders of Salem, NC in the 1760s, see The Early Moravian Settlement in Bartholomew County, Indiana [PDF] Vernon W. Couillard's 1939 Butler University masters thesis.


11/21/1841; Salem, NC


08/11/1920; Hope, IN; burial in Moravian Cemetery, Hope, IN


1   Moore, John Wheeler (compiler), and State of North Carolina, Roster of North Carolina Troops in the War Between the States, 4 volumes, Raleigh: Ashe & Gatling, State Printers and Publishers, 1882, Vol. 3, pp. 390 - 391  [AotW citation 6560]

2   US War Department, Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers, Record Group No. 109 (War Department Collection of Confederate Records), Washington DC: US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), 1903-1927  [AotW citation 27790]