Washington Crosses the Delaware Again

A re-enactment of Washington crossing the Delaware on Sunday. John Godzieba (standing, second right) is playing Gen. George Washington. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

George Washington and his troops have made their annual Dec. 25 trip across the Delaware River.

The 64th annual re-enactment of Washington’s daring Dec. 25, 1776 crossing of the river took the group from Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, to Titusville, New Jersey, on Sunday afternoon.

Emanuel Leutze’s iconic 1851 painting “Washington Crossing the Delaware.” (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

The annual tradition drew large crowds of families and fans of history to both sides of the Delaware River in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

During the original crossing, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river. Washington’s troops marched eight miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton. Thirty Hessians were killed, and two Continental soldiers froze to death on the march.

A map of the Delaware River area depicting the route George Washington and the Continental Army made during the crossing. (Map by Willaim Fade; image rendered for clarity and tone by Gwillhickers)