Battle of Yongin

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The Battle of Yongin (용인 전투) was a battle that happened during the Japanese invasions of Korea. The battle was fought from July 13th 1592 to the 14th. Yi Gwang's force of 1,900 lost to the numerically inferior Japanese garrison.[1]

Background[edit]

In 1592, Toyotomi Hideyoshi invaded Korea, intending to use it as a route to send his armies to conquer Ming China. His forces achieved early success against the Korean army, capturing Seoul. Attempting to reach Seoul as fast as possible, the Japanese forces bypassed Cholla province. The governor of Cholla, Yi Gwang, decided to lead his forces against the Japanese in a counterattack.[2]

Yongin was a Japanese communication fortress, near Suwon. It was held by the Daimyo Wakisaka Yasuharu. Yi Gwang led a force of 1900 men against it.

Course of battle[edit]

One group of the Korean army took up positions on a hill, while the other attacked the fortress itself. Wakisaka's forces counterattacked, and destroyed the Korean army.[3]

Result[edit]

Many of the Korean officers were captured by the Japanese in the battle. Cholla remained outside Japanese control for the rest of the first Japanese invasion of Korea.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turnbull, Stephen: Samurai Invasion. Japan's Korean War 1592–98 (London, 2002), Cassell & Co ISBN 0-304-35948-3, p. 72
  2. ^ Turnbull, Stephen: Samurai Invasion. Japan's Korean War 1592–98 (London, 2002), Cassell & Co ISBN 0-304-35948-3, p. 116
  3. ^ Turnbull, Stephen: Samurai Invasion. Japan's Korean War 1592–98 (London, 2002), Cassell & Co ISBN 0-304-35948-3, p. 72