George Washington reenactors make Christmas crossing of the Delaware River

  • John Godzieba, standing second from right, portraying Gen. George Washington, looks towards New Jersey from a Durham boat during a re-enactment of Washington's historic crossing of the Delaware River, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Washington Crossing, Pa. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

    John Godzieba, standing second from right, portraying Gen. George Washington, looks towards New Jersey from a Durham boat during a re-enactment of Washington’s historic crossing of the Delaware River, Friday, Dec. 25, 2015, in Washington Crossing, Pa. (AP Photo/ Joseph Kaczmarek)

George Washington and his troops have made their annual Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River.

The re-enactors crossed the river between Pennsylvania and New Jersey on a 65-degree day Friday, considerably warmer than the actual crossing which took place on an ice-choked river during a snowstorm.

The annual Christmas tradition drew families and fans of history to both sides of the Delaware River for the 63rd annual re-enactment.

Boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river during the original crossing.Washington’s troops marched 8 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.

 

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