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History

Continuing an Ancestral Legacy of Fife & Drum

June 17th, 2022

  From the First Crossing to our annual Memorial Day Ceremony, the volunteers of the Fife & Drum Corps bring both music and history to events at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Drummer Micah Goldsberry shares why he joined the Fife & Drum Corps and his experience as a volunteer. “In 2020, my brother and I launched a genealogy research project to see if we had any ancestors from the American Revolution. Sure enough we found one and were able to prove the lineage; our 6th great grandfather was a Hessian drummer who served in the 3rd English Waldeck regiment. He Read More

The Continental Army’s Untold Struggle

March 31st, 2022

  Steven Elliott, PhD, will discuss his debut book, Surviving the Winters: Housing Washington’s Army During the American Revolution, May 1, at 1:30 PM, in the Visitor Center. It will also be livestreamed via Zoom. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration.  Surviving the Winters is the first book to show how camp construction and administration played a crucial role in Patriot strategy during the war. As Elliott reminds readers, Washington’s troops spent only a few days a year in combat. The rest of the time, particularly Read More

A Closer Look at the Forgotten Life of a Camp Follower

February 23rd, 2022

  In honor of Women’s History Month, the park is presenting a lecture by Carrie Fellows, titled “She Had a Husband in the Camp: Following the Army During the War for Independence,” that will profile the uncelebrated but integral women who followed the Continental Army. The lecture will take place March 27, at 1:30 PM, in the Visitor Center. It will also be livestreamed via Zoom. Admission is free, but registration is required. To register, please visit DCNR’s website. Zoom meeting details will be provided upon registration. Fellows is the executive director of the Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Cultural & Read More

Rare Insight into 2 Black Soldiers Who Were Involved in the Crossing

January 12th, 2022

Excerpts from Peter Jennings’ pension applications. Rutherford County Record Book 9, pages 71-72, Rutherford County Archives, Murfreesboro Tennessee.   Recordkeeping around the time of the crossing was spotty in many respects, but it was especially so with regard to the Black soldiers who were involved. However, thanks largely to preserved federal veterans pension applications, historians have been able to develop relatively nuanced profiles of two of those soldiers, Jacob Francis and Peter Jennings. “It’s ironic in a tragic way,” says museum curator Kimberly McCarty. “We’re able to learn so much more about some Black soldiers through their pension applications. But they’re Read More

Four Common Misconceptions About the Ten Crucial Days

December 22nd, 2021

Considering the piecemeal recordkeeping of the time and general chaos that often surrounds war’s most intense moments, it’s astonishing that we know as much as we do about the Ten Crucial Days, the pivotal period surrounding the crossing. However, there are a few central facts that are frequently misconstrued to this day. The crossing began on Christmas Eve. The first involves the date of the crossing itself. “There were some references in the early 19th century that describe it as taking place on the ‘eve’ of Christmas, which modern readers could, and have, misinterpreted to mean Christmas Eve, when, in Read More

John Sullivan Challenge Coin Now Available

November 29th, 2021

Washington Crossing Historic Park’s 2021 Challenge Coin is now available. The cost is $17.76, including tax. Shipping is an additional fee. The Major General John Sullivan Challenge Coin can be purchased in the Visitor Center gift shop or on our website. Every year until 2026—the 250th anniversary of the crossing of the Delaware River—Washington Crossing Historic Park will release a new challenge coin. The back of each year’s coin will feature a different officer in the Continental army, while the front features the crossing as depicted in Emanuel Leutze’s “Washington Crossing the Delaware” painting. About Major General John Sullivan Major Read More

December Lecture Spotlights Unknown Crossing Participants

November 26th, 2021

Colonels John Glover and Henry Knox, future U.S. President James Monroe, and of course General George Washington are all celebrated participants in the historic Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River. But who were the other 2,396 participants comprising Washington’s army at the time?  Washington Crossing Historic Park curator Kimberly McCarty will introduce guests to four relatively unknown figures from this momentous event during her Sunday, December 5 lecture titled, “Who Was Here in 1776.” The lecture takes place from 7 – 8 p.m. and will be held in-person at Washington Crossing Historic Park (1112 River Road, Washington Crossing, PA Read More

Where Did the Soldiers’ Food Come From? And Who Did the Cooking?

October 27th, 2021

    While there was a system in place for feeding the Continental Army, museum curator Kimberly McCarty says that it was plagued by trouble throughout the war. “Which is why you hear so many stories about hungry soldiers,” she says. The Commissary Department responsible for supplying food and equipment. Because the Continental Army was established with the Revolutionary War, the Commissary Department was also new. In many ways, it resembled the British Army’s system for distributing provisions. That wasn’t a coincidence, according to McCarty. “A lot of the Continental Army’s officers served with the British Army previously,” she says. Read More