Thousands of people lined both sides of the Delaware River Saturday to watch a re-enactment of Gen. George Washington's icy Christmas Day 1776 crossing, which scored a decisive victory in the Revolutionary War.
It took the re-enactors about 20 minutes to row their three 40-foot Durham boats across the river and back -- much better time than it took Washington and his ragtag crew of Continental soldiers 223 years before to navigate through the ice-choked waters in blinding sleet.
The re-enactors began their journey at Washington Crossing State Park, about 30 miles north of Philadelphia, and finished in Titusville, N.J., with ceremonies on both sides. It was the 47th annual re-enactment of the crossing.
The troops began the quarter-mile crossing at 6 p.m. on Dec. 25, 1776, and did not finish until 3 a.m. because of the weather.