The siege of Hataya was one of several battles in Japan's Tōhoku region which served as preludes to the decisive Sekigahara Campaign which would end the 250-year period of war known as Sengoku.
Naoe Kanetsugu, a general loyal to Ishida Mitsunari, attacked Hataya castle on his way to Mogami Yoshiaki's fortress at Yamagata. His force was 20,000 strong, and the 300 man garrison under Eguchi Gohei have come to be celebrated in various chronicles for their brief, but brave, defense against such incredible odds.
- Turnbull, Stephen (1998). 'The Samurai Sourcebook'. London: Cassell & Co.