Siege of Dongnae

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The Siege of Dongnae
Part of Imjin War
Date25 May 1592[1]
LocationDongnae
Result Japanese victory
Belligerents
Japanese First Division Joseon
Commanders and leaders

Konishi Yukinaga

Sō Yoshitoshi
Song Sanghyeon
Strength
? 20,000[2]
Casualties and losses
100 killed[3]
400 wounded[3]
5,000 killed[3]

The Siege of Dongnae was a siege that occurred on 25 May 1592 during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–98). It resulted in the capture of Dongnae, a mountain castle on the way to Hanseong, by the Japanese.

Background[edit]

After taking Busan, the Japanese First Division rested there overnight and then left early in the morning for Dongnae, a mountain castle that blocked their path to Hanseong.[4]

The Japanese army arrived around 8 AM and Konishi Yukinaga asked the castle's governor Song Sanghyeon to surrender with a message saying, "If you wish to fight, we will fight. But if we do not fight, we will only pass through." Song refused and replied, "It is easy to fight and die, but difficult to let you pass”.[4]

Battle[edit]

A Japanese vanguard of 100 men scaled the walls with ladders and the rest followed, taking the castle.[4] Song Sanghyeon was hacked to death.[3]

Aftermath[edit]

Sō Yoshitoshi sent a scout force to Yangsan Castle, the next point on their way to Hanseong. The scouts frightened the defenders so much with gunfire that they abandoned their posts and fled. The castle was taken the following morning.[4]

Konishi Yukinaga's army left Dongnae in the afternoon for Miryang, the next castle on the road, and took it after a minor skirmish. After that he took the undefended Daegu on 28 May and crossed the also undefended Nakdong River before receiving news of a Joseon army awaiting him at Sangju.[5]

Gyeongsang Right Navy Commander Won Gyun attempted to lead his ships to Hansando but mistook a bunch of fishing ships for the Japanese fleet. He proceeded to scuttle all but four ships.[3]

See also[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Turnbull 2008, p. 10.
  2. ^ Hawley 2005, p. 145.
  3. ^ a b c d e Hawley 2005, p. 148.
  4. ^ a b c d Turnbull 2008, p. 24.
  5. ^ Turnbull 2008, p. 26.

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