Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton Bridge dedication set for Thursday, Nov. 9

The Aegis

A ceremony dedicating the Route 22/Interstate 95 overpass in Aberdeen in honor of Sgt. Alfred B. Hilton, Harford County's only native born Medal of Honor recipient, is set for Thursday, Nov. 9, at the park near where Sgt. Hilton was born in the mid-19th Century.

The ceremony, hosted by the Maryland Transportation Authority, will start at 1:30 p.m. at Sg. Alfred B. Hilton Park, 4020 Gravel Hill Road near Havre de Grace.

Scheduled to speak are Deputy Maryland Transportation Secretary Jim Ports and Kevin Reigurt, executive director of the Maryland Transportation Authority. Descendants of Sgt. Hilton and local elected officials have been invited, according to MdTA spokesperson John Sales.

Sgt. Hilton was born in the Gravel Hill area of Harford County and served in the Union Army during the Civil War.

Assigned as a flag bearer with a segregated African-American unit, he was honored with the Medal of Honor for courages acts during the 1864 Battle of New Market Heights in Virginia. He was mortally wounded during a charge in the battle and later died in an Army hospital.

Last winter, legislation co-sponsored by Harford State Sen. Robert Cassilly and Del. Mary Ann Lisanti was enacted by the Maryland General Assembly authorizing the Maryland Transportation Authority to name the overpass that carries Route 22 over the interstate highway in honor of St. Hilton. The four-lane overpass is also a gateway to Aberdeen and to the Ripken Stadium area on the city’s north side.

MdTA’s Sales said following the passage of the resolution, the agency, which operates Interstate I-95, received formal letters from the two Harford legislators requesting the bridge naming, which Sales said MdTA was only too happy to accommodate.

The dedication ceremony is being held at the park because there was no place by the bridge itself to accommodate parking and the number of people expected, Sales explained. The park is a few miles north of the overpass.

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