Washington Crosses the Delaware on Christmas Day

washington crossing 109aWashington Crossing, PA., December 25, 2013 — Revolutionary War Reenactors provided a history lesson for about ten thousands people who gathered at Washington Crossing State Park on Christmas Day.  This 61st annual event brought to life an important maneuver that took place on Dec. 25th, 1776, a time when the Continental Army was desperately in need of a victory.   On that cold December Christmas so long ago, General Washington led soldiers across the dangerous, ice filled Delaware River for a surprise attack on Hessian forces in Trenton.  The bold action caught the enemy off guard, helping turn the tide of the war.

There were plenty of people on the river banks this year looking for a little bit of history with their holiday celebration.  Unlike last year when swift water prevented the boatmen from crossing the Delaware, the old river cooperated and everything came off perfectly on this frozen Christmas Day.  This was a great way to spend the part of the holiday afternoon and learn a little history.  Its obviously a regular holiday tradition for many standing on the shore on this cold December day when the temperature along the waterway never climbed above freezing.

Here are some photos from the 2013 event.

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On a frigid day, tired, hungry troops prepare to cross the Delaware River.

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The troops get in formation for the crossing.


General George Washington crosses the Delaware

General George Washington crosses the Delaware

Cross the Delaware on Christmas Day.

Cross the Delaware on Christmas Day.








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