July 4, 1754: a defeated and humiliated George Washington surrenders "Fort Necessity", to the victorious French forces of Captain Louis Coulon de Villiers!
(the battle of was part of the Guerre de la Conquête / French and Indian War, following the ethnic cleansing operations against the Acadians)
Vive la France!
George Washington was made briefly a POW, but the magnanimous French allowed him and his troops to return to Virginia. France did not exercise revenge against Washington, who was responsible for the assassination of Joseph Coulon de Jumonville, after surrendering to George Washington three months earlier (Battle of Jumonville Glen).
|George Washington surrenders to Louis Coulon de Villiers at Fort Necessity|