Hundreds gather for Washington's NJ river trek

WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. (AP) - December 25, 2010

The 58th annual re-enactment of Washington's daring Christmas 1776 crossing of the river - the trek that turned the tide of the Revolutionary War - was staged Saturday on the Pennsylvania and New Jersey border.

Hundreds gathered 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 crossing 233 years ago, boats ferried some 2,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 18 cannons across the river, and the troops marched 8 miles downriver and fell on 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 the battle.

The victory electrified the struggling nation and led to further military successes in Trenton and Princeton.

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