Battle of Fort Necessity

Battle of Fort Necessity, also called the Battle of the Great Meadows, (3 July 1754), one of the earliest skirmishes of the French and Indian War and the only battle George Washington ever surrendered.

At dawn on 4 July, a defeated Washington and his surviving men marched out of the fort, which the French then torched, and returned to Virginia. Embarrassed by the surrender but still proud of his actions, Washington later said, ""I have heard the bullets whistle; and believe me, there is something charming in the sound."

Losses: French and Indian, 3 dead, 17 wounded; British, 31 dead, 70 wounded.