|In this photo:
OIL PAINTING "Washington Crossing the Delaware"
probably painted by Robert Wise after Emanuel Leutze, 1874.
The original painting by Leutze is 12' high by 21' wide, at
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
This famous painting is purely imaginary: a) the flag shown
was not yet used by the Army; b) the boats were specially
constructed to navigate shallow rivers with platforms for
sailors to pole, not row, across the water; c) on December
25, 1776, visibility was poor but there were no ice floes
in the river; d) soldiers would have carried musket barrels
downward to protect from moisture and bayonets were not fixed
until close fighting in battle; and e) had Washington been
standing he would have pitched overboard!
||On loan from the collection of:
||--Claude and Jeanne Harkins
ARTWORK (reproductions) depicting a Continental drummer boy,
a soldier and his equipment, and the Continental Army retreating
across New Jersey
THE FATE of AMERICA
"I will if you will"
The Continentals suffered defeat throughout New York
and across New Jersey for the remainder of 1776. After retreating
into Pennsylvania, General Washington devised a daring plan for
December 25, 1776. On Christmas night in freezing sleet, soldiers
re-crossed the Delaware River into New Jersey to launch a surprise
dawn attack at Trenton. It became the first unqualified American
But enlistments would soon be up for most of the army.
begged his men to re-enlist for six more months. Reluctantly, one
by one, thousands of soldiers stepped forward. Their subsequent
victory at Princeton not only outwitted British Lord Cornwallis
but also impressed foreign powers.