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Harford County honors the legacy of a Civil War hero

Posted at 5:28 PM, Jan 25, 2021

HAVRE DE GRACE, Md. — Officials dedicated a playground to Sergeant Alfred Hilton on Monday.

Sergeant Hilton was born in 1842 in Havre de Grace and was a flag bearer during the Civil War.

While carrying the flag at the battle of New Market Heights, he and another flag bearer were hit.

Despite his injury, Sergeant Hilton grabbed the colors from the fallen soldier and marched on.

When he could go no farther, he yelled "Boys, save the colors!" handed the flags off and fell before later dying.

The Alfred B. Hilton Memorial Park is on Gravel Hill Road in Sergeant Hilton's hometown.

The space includes a flag-themed slide, log ladder, play cannon and an information panel on Sergeant Hilton.

"We come here every two years for our family reunion. I can't until the rest of the family gets to see this beautiful playground and the little children get to play on it and he becomes a part of our lives and so we appreciate it so much."

Sergeant Hilton is Harford County's only native-born recipient of the Medal of Honor.