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PHOTOS: Crowds Reenact George Washington's 1776 Delaware River Crossing For 61st Time

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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.

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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.

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Thirty Hessians were killed. Two Continental soldiers froze to death on the march, but none died in battle.

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