Skip to comments.Re-Enactors Pull Off Washington Crossing
Posted on 12/25/2005 8:49:03 PM PST by indcons
WASHINGTON CROSSING, N.J. Dec 25, 2005 — 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.
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Gen. George Washington ping
I just re-watched "The Crossing" with Jeff Daniels as George Washington the other night. What a story.
Could mean they "pulled it off," as in, they accomplished it successfully.
Or, it could mean they were "pulled off the attempt," as in, they were extracted from it, thus being "rescued" without success.
Jim Gallahger was still the best G.W.
Merry Christmas to my PA friends -
Ah, history - we do well to remember the Minutemen, past and present.
Freepmail me to get on or off this RevWar/Colonial History/Gen. Washington ping list...
Headlines seem to be getting worse of late. Liberals should spend less time on indoctrination and should devote more time on teaching writing in journalism schools.
Should be mandatory viewing in school. I get depressed when I watch it. Few people have an understanding of the sacrifices made by soldiers during the Revolution.
A Merry Christmas to you, Old Sarge.
This is the battle that turned the Revolutionary war. I am glad the re-enactors made it. Also glad the original group made it!LOL!
Did future president James Madison precede Washington this time also?
I live about ten minutes from Washington Crossing (which is in Pennsylvania, by the way) and the re-enactments are a great show for the family. That's a nice park over there.
I don't know the answer to that question....Colonial/Revolutionary War history is something that I am not familiar with and am trying to learn now. FReeper Pharmboy may be the best person to answer your question.
Beautiful state you have there (Penn.). I spent my first few years in the US in the vicinity of Valley Forge.
In the real thing, James Madison preceded Washington across the Deleware. The trick question is..What future president was the first to cross the Deleware that night...the answer is Madison.
King of Prussia? Phoenixville?
I remember meeting my wife for picnics on the vast expanses of lawn at Valley Forge Park back in the early '80s.
Don't quite know what you mean by "precede." James Monroe was a 17 year old soldier who was wounded the next day at Trenton bravely charging a Hessian cannon. Perhaps it is that future president you are referring to...
I'm reminded of the effort to re-enact the Civil War battle for Blakely Island. The effort was dropped when not one person volunteered to be a Yankee (union soldier)
Sorry, was Monroe not Madison.
Your observation reminds me of the gulf between RevWar and War Between the States folk. There is no shortage of RevWar reenactors to play Hessians, Brits or Loyalists. Interesting.
I discovered a whole new perspective of the ACW as a grad. student in the South. The Southern perspective is very interesting and vastly different from the one in the North. Pres. Lincoln is probably the most hated man in the South to this day.
Very interesting...learned something new today. For some reason, I have always been fascinated with the ACW and have never had the chance to read up on the Rev. War. As a foreigner, I haven't had the history lessons either :)
That said, I have always been fascinated with the documents that supported the creation of the United States. Jefferson is one of my favorite figures from that glorious time in your country's history.
IMO, the Bill of Rights is the greatest document ever written by human beings. I used to hand a copy on my wall for years before I even came here.
Alexander Hamilton was also there in the fight.
We are not gonna give you a security clearance.
"So I likely had ancestors on all three sides of the Revolutionary War."
Super-cool, American heroes ping!
Super-cool reenactors bump
Good thing that they weren't doing the real thing. They'd've waited for better weather and met a prepared enemy.
Washingtons Crossing is a great book for anyone with interest in this history
Thanks for the recommendation....I was looking for a good introductory text.
"I live about ten minutes from Washington Crossing (which is in Pennsylvania, by the way)"
The village of Washington Crossing is in Pennsylvania but there are two Washington's Crossing State Parks. One is on the Pennsylvania side of the river and the other is on the New Jersey side. Both are very beautiful and sacred ground.
It's from ABC so it's not surprising.
Many of us here take the RevWar seriously, and for you to put up falsehoods about it is neither clever nor funny. In case you have a history of similar behavior I am notifying the admin moderator.
The re-enactors had a decent day yesterday, despite the rain. It was unseasonably warm and not windy. Some years they fight sub-freezing temps and strong winds as well as any kind of wintry precipitation mixes. I'm sure they appreciated the conditions yesterday.
"The Crossing" is one of my favorites.
You are so right, and if kids don't understand what the revolution meant and the effect it's had on the world, they don't value it.
Pharmboy, you are correct. James Madison didn't serve in the Continental Army, he was a member of the Continental Congress. Alexander Hamilton did serve as an aide de camp to Washington after March 1777 but at Trenton he was an artillery officer.
James Monroe was the future President who was wounded at Trenton. He was then serving as a Lt. in the 3rd Virginia Infantry Regiment. After recovering from his wound, he was promoted and became aide de camp to General William Alexander "Lord" Stirling.
I think cynicom was just playing a nasty game and baiting us with known falsehoods. If not that, he must be a bit retarded. Read his/her posts and you'll see what I mean.
In the picture, Washington's head gear looks more like a traditional three-cornered hat. Now I realize Victoria's Secret is a sponsor...
I had an ancestor who was one of the rowers.
I found this out by reading a genealogical journal that many years later, when this ancestor was an old man, he rode to his daughter's house and gave her the piece of scrip he had received from General Washington for his rowing services that night, that she might keep it for his grandson.
Wouldn't I LOVE to know whatever became of that piece of scrip?
"Two future Presidents of the United States crossed the river that fateful night, James Madison and James Monroe. Also along with the army were a future Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Marshall, and famous rivals Aarron Burr and Alexander Hamilton. Besides Washington, only two of the figures in the boat have been identified. Look closely at the fellow holding the flag, and you'll see James Monroe.
" He was quartered in the house where Washington made the decision to cross, and served as a scout and trusted adviser to the General, but there's nothing in the historical records to indicate he crossed in the same boat. Note the so-called "Betsy Ross" flag, with the stars in a circle. This design first came into existence some six months after the crossing."
Perhaps you have something that indicates an error in history books???
"Tradition: Washingtons army crossing the Delaware in the freezing conditions has become an important national image for the United States as can be seen in Emmanuel Leutzes picture. Present at the battle were: two other future presidents James Madison and James Monroe, the future Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, John Marshall, Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton.
"Two presidents-to-be crossed with Washington, James Madison and James Monroe, are believed to be holding the flag in the painting. History, though, says nothing about Monroe actually being aboard Washington's boat. And the flag that he gripped, with stars in a circle, did not fly until some eight months after the crossing. John Marshall made the crossing. He would become a chief justice of Supreme Court. Rivals Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton also made the trip."
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