On July 3, 1754, Fort Necessity in southwestern PA was attacked by a French army during the French and Indian War. The British garrison defending the fort was led by Lieutenant Colonel George Washington. Washington was decisively defeated in the battle. On July 4, the French allowed Washington's troops, after surrendering, to march out of the fort with their weapons. Nevertheless, the defeat was a humiliating one for Washington. It would also be the last time he would ever surrender.

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