Monday, November 16, 2009

November 17, 1776

Tench Tilghman wrote to Robert Livingston from Continental Army Headquarters at Hackensack, New Jersey, "I wish I had better news to communicate, but we suffered a heavy stroke yesterday in the loss of Fort Washington and its garrison, consisting of about two thousand men, who chiefly were made prisoners of war; what were not, fell in the action. The lines were bravely defended; but what could two thousand men do against General Howe' s whole Army, who poured in upon them from every quarter?"

British Gen. William Howe reported that he took 2,818 prisoners (soldiers and officers) at Fort Washington on Nov. 16, 1776.

Survivors later reported that their captors provided no food to the prisoners after their surrender on November 16 or the entire day of November 17.  
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