THIS DAY IN VIRGINIA HISTORY
Click image for larger view.
July 03, 1754
George Washington Surrendered Fort Necessity
At the beginning of the French and Indian War, Lieutenant Colonel George Washington (1732–1799) surrendered Fort Necessity (near modern Farmington, Pennsylvania) to French troops. Without a proper French translator and because of the poor condition of the document, Washington misunderstood the capitulation. He unknowingly confessed to the assassination of a French commander, killed in an earlier skirmish. Washington's mistaken admission caused humiliation to the inexperienced officer and to the colonial army. This document is an English transcription of Washington's surrender and was made shortly after completion of the original instrument of capitulation.