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61st Reenactment of Washington's Crossing



    People gathered in the cold on Christmas to watch the 61st reenactment of George Washington's historic trek across the Delaware River. (Published Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013)

    George Washington has made his annual Christmas Day ride across the Delaware River in front of thousands of spectators.
    Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. The 61st annual reenactment of it was staged Wednesday afternoon.

      Hundreds of people gather each year to hear Washington's stand-in deliver stirring words to the troops and watch three boats make the crossing from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.
    During the original crossing, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river. The troops marched 8 miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton. Thirty Hessians were killed. Two Continental soldiers froze to death on the march, but none died in battle.