His plan was to attack at night so that they could get closer to the fortifications without being spotted. It also prevented the British ships nearby from offering any kind of naval support. Washington was aware that the outpost was lightly defended so he selected 1,500 of his best light infantry and placed them under the command of Anthony Wayne for the attack. The night of the attack could not have been more perfect for Wayne. Heavy cloud cover kept the moonlight from revealing the Americans as they crossed the shallow swamp between the point and the mainland. In just under thirty minutes Wayne's force was able to dismantle the defenses and break into the outpost. This night attack was an outstanding success for the Patriots allowing them to capture 546 of the forts 750 defenders and only sustaining 15 deaths on their own side. Although this victory did not have a major strategic impact on the war it was a well needed morale boost for the struggling Continental Army.