During the siege, many Kumamoto ex-samurai flocked

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During the siege, many Kumamoto ex-samurai flocked

Post by jancancook on Wed Nov 09, 2011 7:50 am

During the siege, many Kumamoto ex-samurai flocked to Saigō's banner, swelling his forces to around 20,000 men. In the meantime, on March 9 Saigō, Kirino and Shinohara were stripped of their court ranks and titles.
On the night of April 8, a force from Kumamoto castle made a sortie, forcing open a hole in the Satsuma lines and enabling desperately needed supplies to reach the garrison. The main Imperial Army, under General Kuroda Kiyotaka with the assistance of General Yamakawa Hiroshi arrived in Kumamoto on April 12, putting the now heavily outnumbered Satsuma forces to flight.


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