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Road to be named for Rihl

November 16, 2000

Road to be named for Rihl



By RICHARD F. BELISLE / Staff Writer, Waynesboro


GREENCASTLE, Pa. - A Union soldier made Civil War history in Greencastle on June 22, 1863, when he became the war's first Yankee soldier to be killed in action above the Mason-Dixon line, according to Ben Thomas Jr., an Antrim Township administrator. Now, modern-day drivers will get to know his name.

A plaque on U.S. 11 north of Greencastle said Cpl. William H. Rihl was killed near Greencastle on that day during a skirmish with Rebel troops on their way north to what was to become the Battle of Gettysburg. Rihl, of Philadelphia, was in a Pennsylvania unit assigned to the First New York Cavalry.

He was killed when the New York unit attacked an advance force of southern Cavalry under Gen. A.G. Jenkins, according to the plaque.

Earlier this week, the Antrim Township Supervisors unanimously voted to name a new 500-foot access road in honor of Rihl.

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The new road will be called Cpl. Rihl Lane. It will connect the south end of Bemisderfer Road to the new connector road that will extend Grindstown Hill Road from Pa. 16 east of Interstate 81 Exit 3 near Greencastle to U.S. 11 South near Exit 2.

The new connector road will run for about 2 1/2 miles and will be built in phases, Thomas said.

Bids for the first section, which will include the new Cpl. Rihl access road, go out in December, he said. Construction of the first phase, which will run for slightly under a mile from Pa. 16 to Leitersburg Road, could begin in the spring if a contract is awarded.

Thomas said the cost estimate for the first phase is about $1.4 million.

The new road is expected to open the area to commercial development.

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