Gustavus A. Aschbach (1826-1875)

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Gustavus A. Aschbach was born in Rastatt, Germany on March 3, 1826 [1]. Aschbach arrived in Allentown, PA in 1854[2]. He was repeatedly elected as city engineer of Allentown. In this role, he made many maps of the city[3]. He was responsible for the 1865 Aschbach Map of Lehigh County[4].

Aschbach served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He built fortifications in Ohio and Kentucky under Generals Simpson and Burnside. As a result of exposure during this time, he became disabled and died of related complications on April 17, 1875 [5] [6].


  1. Jordan et al. 1905, 511
  2. Roberts et al. 1914, 21
  3. Jordan et al. 1905, 511
  4. Roberts et al. 1914, 21
  5. Jordan et al. 1905, 511
  6. Roberts et al. 1914, 21


  • Jordan, John Woolf, Edgar Moore Green, and George Taylor Ettinger. 1905. Historic Homes and Institutions and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania. Lewis Publishing Company.
  • Roberts, Charles Rhoads, John Baer Stoudt, Thomas H. Krick, and William J. Dietrich. 1914. History of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania, and a Genealogical and Biographical Record of Its Families. Vol. II. Allentown, PA.: Lehigh Valley publishing Company, Limited.