Washington crosses the Delaware again...

Washington crosses the Delaware again! New painting gives more...

There are 5 comments on the Daily Mail story from Dec 25, 2011, titled Washington crosses the Delaware again! New painting gives more.... In it, Daily Mail reports that:

One of America's most famous images, a painting of George Washington crossing the Delaware River, got much of the story wrong: The American commander wouldn't have stood triumphantly on a rowboat in daylight, but on a ferry bracing himself against a fierce snowstorm on Christmas night.

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“Constitutionist/ SAF”

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#1 Dec 25, 2011
It is a painting worth seeing. And is most likely historically correct. To some people, Washington was the best president.

But some row boats were large enough to be stable if Washington stood up.

The original painting is also intended to be symbolic. Washington standing erect depicts a determined General willing to confront the enemy against all danger.
Trenton here we come

Yonkers, NY

#3 Dec 26, 2011
Tory II wrote:
It is a painting worth seeing. And is most likely historically correct. To some people, Washington was the best president.
But some row boats were large enough to be stable if Washington stood up.
The original painting is also intended to be symbolic. Washington standing erect depicts a determined General willing to confront the enemy against all danger.
Washington crossed in large ore barges, which carried iron ore down the Delaware. If you stood in one of those barges, you could just barely see over the hull.

Benches had been placed in the barges (there were fewer than 10 of them and it took several hours to get everyone over). Washington sat next to the 300 pound Henry Know, who was the chief of artillery. The only thing we know for certain that Washington said crossing the Delaware was, "Hey, Henry. Move your fat ass." Knox was sensitive about his weight but Washington used to kid him.

“Constitutionist/ SAF”

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#4 Dec 27, 2011
And the barge was towed by a large diesel powered tug.
Jeffrey Shanton

Kearny, NJ

#5 Jan 5, 2012
Disagree with the new painting and the notion of historical accuracy. If indeed the painter went to Washington's Crossing State Park, he would have seen a Durham boat, which is what was used.
Look at the archival information, there is absolutely no mention of a ferry in operation, looking like some WWII LST! The arguement of horses and artillery is addressed in the material, two boats were planked over/together for horses and artillery- which is why the operation was delayed, the difficulty of moving them.
Uniforms! This notion that the army had none is silly. Haslets and Smallwoods were uniformed, the Philadelphia Associators (militia) were uniformed. Not the norm, but certainly not unheard of.
Rifle Shirts- sorry to say but they were unheard of north of Pennsylvania, and the army that crossed the Delaware was overwhelmingly New England in composition. If anything the troops would have worn regular, civilan like clothing. Glover's regiment which ferried the troops across were clad in utilitarian style that reflected their former occupations as fishermen.
As for some of the quotes in the above comments- I think they came from the movie- The Crossing, not from any historical archival matieral.

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#6 Jan 5, 2012
He probably wants to make some money. Anyway I give him credit for painting Washington.

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