Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Washington Crossing the Delaware
This bronze sculpture replicates the famous painting, Washington Crossing the Delaware by Emanuel Leutze. It depicts Gen. George Washington leading the Continental Army on a dangerous nighttime crossing of the Delaware River on December 25, 1776 to attack Hessian troops stationed at Trenton. His attack was a final, desperate effort to gain a victory after months of defeats had reduced the Army to a small, exhausted, and demoralized force. Washington’s success at Trenton reinvigorated the American cause and kept the Revolution alive.
The painting captures the drama, danger, and desperation of the river crossing, even though a number of details are historically inaccurate, such as the type of boat. The artist, Emanuel Leutze, grew up and was trained in Philadelphia, but created the painting in 1850 after he returned to his native Germany. The painting was a sensation when it was displayed in America the following year.
Location. 39° 56.907′ N, 75° 8.735′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of Chestnut Street and 3rd Street, on the right when traveling east on Chestnut Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the north side of the Museum of the American Revolution. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Declaration of Independence (here, next to this marker); Mechanics' Union of Trade Associations (a few steps from this marker); Elliott Building (a few steps from this marker); The Arsenal of Independence (within shouting distance of this marker); Secretary of the Treasury’s Office Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Auditor’s Office Site (within shouting distance of this marker); Anthony J. Drexel (within shouting distance of this marker); Philadelphia Exchange (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Categories. • War, US Revolutionary •
Credits. This page was last revised on July 26, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 26, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 106 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 26, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.