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The Site of Washington’s Crossing

 
 
The Site of Washington’s Crossing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
1. The Site of Washington’s Crossing Marker
Inscription. General George Washington and 2400 Continental soldiers crossed the icy Delaware River from Pennsylvania and landed at this spot on Christmas night 1776 on their way to attack the British mercenary force of Hessian soldiers at Trenton.

The last of the rebel soldiers, horses, and 18 cannon landed from the Durham and ferry boats in the pre-dawn hours of December 26 and assembled in a snowcovered field next to the nearby Ferry House. They made a surprise attack on Trenton at dawn, killing or wounding over 100 Hessians and capturing 900 along with their arms, ammunition, and artillery.

That afternoon the victorious but exhausted Continentals marched their prisoners back through the snow and re-crossed into Pennsylvania. The captured Hessians were marched through Philadelphia on New Years Day 1777. This victory, after so many defeats, renewed the spirits of the rebellious colonies and is recognized as “The Turning Point of the American Revolution.”
 
Erected by Washington Crossing State Park.
 
Location. 40° 17.804′ N, 74° 52.054′ W. Marker is in Titusville, New Jersey, in Mercer County. Marker is on River Drive, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in Washington
Marker in Washington Crossing State Park image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
2. Marker in Washington Crossing State Park
The marker is located on the banks on the Delaware River, in Washington Crossing State Park.
Crossing State Park, in front of the Nelson House. Marker is in this post office area: Titusville NJ 08560, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Christmas Night Crossing (here, next to this marker); An Historic Site (a few steps from this marker but has been reported missing); Washington Crossing (within shouting distance of this marker); Ferry Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Washington Crossed the Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker); 200th Birthday of George Washington (within shouting distance of this marker); Bicentennial of General George Washington's Birthday (within shouting distance of this marker); Crossing of the Delaware (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Titusville.
 
Also see . . .  Washington Crosses the Delaware, 1776. (Submitted on April 25, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. War, US Revolutionary
 
Site of the Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
3. Site of the Crossing
At this location, Washington and his army crossed the Delaware River on Christmas night, 1776. The photo looks toward Pennsylvania, where the crossing originated.
The Nelson House image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, April 20, 2008
4. The Nelson House
This marker is located in front of the Nelson House in Washington Crossing State Park. This structure dates back to 1850.
Washington Crossing the Delaware image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, December 9, 2012
5. Washington Crossing the Delaware
Gen. Washington and his troops are seen here crossing the Delaware River during the 60th annual re-enactment of the Crossing.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,151 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.   5. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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