November 16, 1776

Fort Washington Falls

Established by Washington to frustrate British operations on the Hudson River, Howe captures Fort Washington, almost 3000 soldiers, and vast amount of much-needed supplies. The loss is a major to the Continental Army. Fort Lee, on the Hudson in New Jersey, falls four days later, although Washington is able to evacuate the garrison in time. The capture of the two forts effectively ends the British campaign against New York, having captured the city and control of the Lower Hudson Valley.

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