Hessian re-enactors able to sleep off their hangovers

Re-enactment Thwarted By Rushing River

Ronald Rinaldi III was prepared to play the role of the military leader whose daring Christmas crossing led to a rout of British-led forces and revived the downtrodden Continental forces.

Rinaldi, 45, had taken part in every re-enactment of Washington’s crossing of the Delaware since 1976, amassed more than 500 books on the American Revolution and earned a degree in U.S. military history.

But this year, he and his fellow re-enactors were done in by the river’s strong currents.

Thankfully, the real thing went down a bit differently.