Reenactment of Washington’s Landing in New Jersey
Can you imagine rowing through ice floes and then trudging through a blizzard in the middle of the night, with miles to go and only fragmentary remnants of shoes on your feet? This was no ordinary escapade. The fate of an entire country rested on these men’s shoulders and their pursuit of outsmarting and out battling the enemy.
Many people can recall seeing the famous painting by Emanuel Luetze of Washington and his men crossing the Delaware River on the night of December 25, 1776. The action was the first move in a surprise attack and victory against Hessian forces at the Battle of Trenton on the morning of December 26. When Washington’s forces came upon the Hessians in the early morning, the German soldiers were weary from the snow, frigid cold, and frequent gun firing throughout the night that turned out to be a series of false alarms. The Americans incurred a much-needed win and captured 1,000 Hessian soldiers along with muskets, powder, and artillery.
On December 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., join Washington Crossing State Park historians, the Washington Crossing Park Association, the First Rhode Island Regiment (a group of African American reenactors who tell the stories of the historically underrepresented men and women who fought in the Revolutionary War), and other N.J.-based reenactor groups who will give the public an opportunity to experience both the Crossing and the March to Trenton through the eyes of the men and women who lived it.
This is a free event. The encampment will take place at the New Jersey Park’s “overlook” next to the historic Johnson Ferry House in Washington Crossing State Park in Titusville. Reenactors will patrol the lower park, encouraging visitors to undertake a brief “march” over the Park’s pedestrian bridge and up to the Overlook, where skilled reenactors will weave their tales. For more information, visit https://www.wcpa-nj.com/landing.