In the spring of 1754, Virginia sent out a militia to drive out the French, the leader of the militia was George Washington. After marching to Fort Duquesne, Washington set up a small fort of his own nearby, He named it Fort Necessity. After a while, Washington's outpost soon came under attack by the French and their Native allies. This combined army won the battle and forced Washington's soldiers to surrender. The French later released soldiers, who returned to Virginia.