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Fort Necessity National Battlefield


At Fort Necessity on July 3, 1754, George Washington lost 30 men in the opening battle of the French & Indian War, also known as the Seven Year’s War. Set among the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania, Fort Necessity seems an unpretentious place for such a momentous battle the first major event in the military career of George Washington, and the only time he ever surrendered to an enemy.

The 903 acre Fort Necessity park includes the Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Visitor Center, the early 19th-century Mount Washington Tavern, a nearby monument to Major General Edward Braddock, and Jumonville Glen, site of the first skirmishing of the French and Indian War on May 28, 1754.

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