Washington crossing the Delaware: Reenactment is revived

Washington crossing the Delaware: Reenactment is revived
Hundreds have gathered on both sides of the Delaware River to watch an annual Christmas Day reenactment of George Washington’s 1776 crossing

Hundreds gathered on both sides of the Delaware River to watch an annual Christmas Day reenactment of George Washington’s 1776 crossing, a year after pandemic restrictions forced viewers to watch it online.

Reenactors in three boats completed the crossing in about an hour Saturday afternoon under overcast skies but in fairly mild temperatures, a spokesperson for Washington Crossing Historic Park said.

Earlier in the month, cerca de 5,000 people attended a dress rehearsal of the Revolutionary War reenactment amid good weather and good water conditions, volunteer Tom Maddock of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park said, calling it “a great day.

Dentro 2020, after crowd-size restrictions barred holding the traditional in-person event, park officials posted a video of a reenactment filmed earlier in the month providing what they called a “close-up view.” Este ano, people entering the visitor center were asked to wear masks, and workers were also masked, funcionários disseram.

In years past, thousands have often gathered every Christmas morning on the banks of the river in Washington Crossing, Pensilvânia, e Titusville Nova Jersey to watch historical reenactors set out in boats to retrace the daring 1776 voyage of Washington and his troops.

Dentro 2019, the crossing was completed for the first time in three years with what the Friends of Washington Crossing Park said was probably a record crowd of 4,500 para 5,000 people looking on. The crossing had been scuttled during the previous two years, first by high winds and then by high water.

Other activities at the annual event include reenactments of Washington’s address to his troops, historical speeches and processions, and staffers in period clothing providing public interpretation.

In the original crossing, boats ferried 2,400 soldados, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river. Washington’s troops marched 8 milhas (13 quilômetros) 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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