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he American army behaved better at White Plains. But it was pursued by other disasters. Fort Washington--rather against the advice of Gen. Washington--was defended. The garrison made a gallant defence, killing several hundred Hessians; but the British advanced in three columns, and drove the garrison within the fort, where it surrendered. The British captured two thousand five hundred men, with military stores, and a strong position. This was considered the greatest calamity of the war. Fort Lee fell next — the troops were withdrawn, but all the armament and supplies, including three hundred tents, fell into the hands of the enemy. The effect of these blows, falling with such weight and rapidity, was intense. The historian says the troops quitted the army "by regiments, half regiments, and companies, " General Washington crossed into the Jerseys, into which he was followed by a victorious enemy. He then headed an army of only three thousand men, besides some detachments under