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Crossing re-enactors get across Delaware


Re-enactor James Gibson, center, waves to spectators as he portrays Gen. George Washington, during the 53rd Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River on Sunday. 
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Re-enactor James Gibson, center, waves to spectators as he portrays Gen. George Washington, during the 53rd Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River on Sunday. (Associated Press / The Spokesman-Review)
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WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. – Hundreds of spectators along the Delaware River saw the first complete re-enactment since 2001 of Gen. George Washington’s historic crossing.

Unlike the past three attempts, when days of precipitation pushed water levels and speeds above safety levels, this Christmas presented a more placid route from Pennsylvania to New Jersey.

Jim Gibson, portraying Washington in a full uniform replete with sword and peaked cap, and about 60 of his fellow re-enactors made it across in two longboats just as a raw mist became a steady rain.

The actual crossing took place in the dark, in driving sleet, starting on Christmas night 1776 and finishing early the next day. The sentries’ passwords: “Victory or death.”

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