Crowds relive Washington's 1776 river crossing
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 A boat chugs along the Delaware River on its way from Pennsylvania to New Jersey during the 61st annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river, the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, in Washington Crossing, N.J., on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. During the crossing 237 years ago, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river, and the troops marched eight miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A boat chugs along the Delaware River on its way from Pennsylvania to New Jersey during the 61st annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river, the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, in Washington Crossing, N.J., on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. During the crossing 237 years ago, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river, and the troops marched eight miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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A boat chugs along the Delaware River on its way from Pennsylvania to New Jersey during the 61st annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river, the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, in Washington Crossing, N.J., on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. During the crossing 237 years ago, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river, and the troops marched eight miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A boat chugs along the Delaware River on its way from Pennsylvania to New Jersey during the 61st annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river, the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War, in Washington Crossing, N.J., on Wednesday, Dec. 25, 2013. During the crossing 237 years ago, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river, and the troops marched eight miles downriver before battling Hessian mercenaries in the streets of Trenton. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. (AP) — George Washington has made his annual Christmas Day ride across the Delaware River.

Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. The 61st reenactment of it was staged Wednesday.

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.



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Nadia Dean
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December 27, 2013
On the night of his crossing, Washington dictated a letter to the Passamaquody Indians. Dated from the banks of the Delaware, he threatened that if they did not behave, they would be get the same treatment as the Cherokees. In the summer and fall of 1776, militia burned over 50 Cherokee towns. Read A Demand of Blood:The Cherokee War of 1776, available at www.valleyriverpress.com or Amazon.
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