TITUSVILLE, N.J. (AP) -- George Washington made his Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River - with considerably better weather than the first time.

Re-enactors playing Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware River in the 62nd re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river - the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War - between Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania, and Titusville, New Jersey, on Thursday afternoon.

Washington Crossing the Delaware, Emanuel Leutze

As opposed to the severe weather - including snow and freezing temperatures - that Washington and his troops faced in 1776, the annual re-enactment was done under mostly sunny skies and 50-degree temperatures.

Hundreds of people lined both sides of the river to watch as re-enactors used four replica Durham boats like the ones Washington's troops used. The actor playing Washington boarded the final boat, and a cannon blasted as he reached the other side.

During the original crossing, boats ferried 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river. 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, but none died in battle.


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