While that sounds like something illogical, it actually happened on November 20, 1776. General George Washington, having learned of the invasion of New Jersey by British and Hessian forces, ordered a hasty retreat from Fort Lee (formerly Fort Constitution) avoiding certain capture and/or death, and potentially the death of the revolution.
Last Saturday Revolutionary War enthusiasts reenacted the battle. It was like traveling in a time machine as you watched the muskets and canons firing, the British chasing the remaining revolutionaries, bodies laying along the path. What an experience. Here is a drawing I made while standing in the woods just off the path of the battle!