Battle of Nagara-gawa
|Battle of Nagara River|
|Part of the Muromachi period|
Nagara River in modern-day Gifu
|forces of Saitō Yoshitatsu||forces of Saitō Dōsan|
|Commanders and leaders|
|Saitō Yoshitatsu||Saitō Dōsan †|
The Battle of Nagara-gawa (長良川の戦い? Nagara-gawa no tatakai) was a battle that took place along the banks of the Nagara River in Mino Province in April 1556. The site of the battle is in present-day Gifu city, Gifu Prefecture, Japan. It was a battle between Saitō Dōsan and his son, Saitō Yoshitatsu, who had instigated a coup d'etat.
In 1542, Dōsan became the representative of the Toki clan and ruled over Mino Province as such. He had originally planned on passing his power onto Yoshitatsu, but in 1555, he started thinking of passing it on to one of his other sons, Kiheiji (喜平次) or maybe to his son-in-law Nobunaga, who was much more gifted than his biological sons.
Yoshitatsu, who was living in Sagiyama Castle at the time, heard of his father's plans and, in 1556, killed his two brothers in the family residence on Mount Inaba, starting the intrafamily skirmish. Yoshitatsu was able to gain the support of a large portion of the family's soldiers, gathering approximately 17,500 men. Dōsan, on the other hand, was only able to amass around 2,700 soldiers.
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