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More accurate view of Washington crossing debuts
New York museum to unveil more accurate picture of Washington crossing the Delaware in 1776
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) ' A New York museum is unveiling a more accurate version of one of America's most famous scenes, George Washington crossing the Delaware River.

The new painting shows Washington on a flat-bottomed ferry instead of the rowboat seen in the famous 1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze (LOY-tzuh).

The New York Times says ( ) the new picture shows his troops in the dead of night during a snowstorm, while the original shows a bright sky. It also eliminates the stars-and-stripes flag, which hadn't been adopted yet.

Washington crossed the river on Christmas 1776 to mount a surprise attack on Hessian forces at the Battle of Trenton.

Artist Mort Kunstler painted the new picture. It debuts Monday at the New-York Historical Society. Leutze's painting is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Information from: The New York Times,

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